Safe Sleep is one of fifteen MCH National Performance Measures (NPMs) for the State Title V Block Grant program. The goal is to increase the number of infants placed to sleep on their backs. Infant sleep position is a serious public health concern as it is strongly related to sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of death in infants 1 to 12 months old. The brief and report identify evidence-informed strategies that State Title V programs might consider implementing to address safe sleep.
This review was conducted as part of Strengthen the Evidence Base for Maternal and Child Health Programs, a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded initiative that aims to support states in their development and implementation of strategies to promote the health and well-being of MCH populations in the United States.