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New York City Infant Safe Sleep Initiative purple text logo with A C S logo on the bottom and orange circle logo for Celebrating 10 years of action

October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month. This year, the NYC Infant Safe Sleep Initiative proudly marks a decade of action focused on protecting New York City babies from preventable sleep-related infant deaths.

The Initiative is a diverse, public/private partnership dedicated to safeguarding infants while they sleep by using evidence-based practices, policies, and guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expanded the scope of this life-saving work by funding a dedicated team of professionals to spearhead citywide outreach, training, and awareness efforts designed to reach more parents and caregivers with safe sleep messages. This investment resulted in the formation of a vibrant coalition led by NYC Children’s Services, and involving 130 city, state, and community partners – all focused on one goal: ensuring that no family suffers the devastating loss of a child during sleep.

Michele Maye, Executive Director of the NYC Infant Safe Sleep Initiative shares more about this life-saving work and planned activities for October 2020.

Featured Events

N Y C Infant Safe Sleep Summit Logo with text on the right stating 'Closing the Gap: An Intersectional Approach to Reducing Infant Mortality. Connect to the Summit Online Every Tuesday in October 10:30AM - 12:00PM Eastern'

Registration for the 2020 Summit is now closed.

NYC Infant Safe Sleep Summit Materials Library

For more information:

Safe Sleep Leadership and Staff

ACS Division of Child and Family Well-Being

66 John Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10038

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Community Coordinators

Images of Community Coordinators Lanisha Harris (Bronx), Bernice Sosa (Brooklyn), Fanny Hurtado (Manhattan and Staten Island), Glenda Smith (Queens), and their contact information

Celebrating Progress

In 2020, the NYC Infant Safe Sleep Initiative marks an important milestone – 10 years of citywide outreach, advocacy, and training to help parents and caregivers understand how to protect their babies during sleep.

Safe Sleep Ambassador Spotlight

Across the city, there are many caring individuals, organizations, agencies, community leaders, and advocates who have advanced safe sleep policies and practices that help protect New York City babies. During this milestone year, we recognize a few of these outstanding ambassadors for their deep commitment to this mission.

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Caribbean Women's Health Association

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Ruth Guillaume

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Metropolitan Hospital NYC H+H

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Danielle Pascale

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Gladys Roman

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Dr. Warren Seigel