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Infant Safe Sleep Webinars

Webinar Title: Safe from the Start
Sahiti Pidaparti, Program Associate for Engagement
Educational workshop from Kids In Danger (KID) that outlines the problem of unsafe children’s products, identifies specific product hazards, and provides participants with concrete tools and resources to identify and remove unsafe children’s products. This class will teach about the realities of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), define and review safe sleep for babies, present recommendations for avoiding safety hazards, and other important children's product safety information.


Webinar Title: Beyond the ABCs: Inclusive Infant Safe Sleep Education for Indigenous Families 
Raeanne Madison, MPH, Member, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians, Indigenous Mother, Full Spectrum Doula, and Educator 
Description: Public health campaigns typically focus on the ABCs of infant safe sleep: alone, on your back, in a crib. For many Indigenous families, this messaging may be confusing or create feelings of conflict with traditional parenting practices. In this webinar, we will explore how infant safe sleep practices are supported by traditional Indigenous parenting practices such as skin-to-skin contact, baby carrying, and cradleboards. Participants will be encouraged to think beyond the ABCs of infant safe sleep to honor and recognize the inherent wisdom of traditional safe sleep practices amongst Indigenous peoples. 


Webinar Title: WHY Baby-Friendly?
Presenter: Paula K. Schreck, MD, IBCLC, FABM, Medical Director, Breastfeeding Support Services, Breastfeeding Coordinator, Ascension
Description: WHY Baby-Friendly? Hear about the recent updates to the Baby-Friendly USA 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding framework. The scientific evidence for WHY Baby-Friendly accreditation matters and how it translates into better breastfeeding outcomes will also be explored.   


Webinar Title: Adapting the Science of Safe Sleep to the Real Lives of Families - Breakouts & Recap
Presenters: Nia Evans MPH1, Terra Bautista BA7, Cathy Kothari PhD1 , Brenda O’Rourke BSN2, Colleen Nelson LMSW6
Contributors: Sebele Sibhat MS1, Cheryl Dickson MD MPH1, Amy Damashek PhD3, Fernando Ospina PhD candidate1 4, Tami Rey ABA5, Komal Razvi MPH5, Spence Adams MPH5, Elan Bridges BS CD/PCD (DONA), and the Cradle-Kalamazoo Frontline Sub-Committee
Description: As a part of the Michigan Infant Safe Sleep webinar series, we previously explored the dynamics between the AAP recommendations for safe sleep and the challenges families face following the strict guidelines. This webinar provides are recap and time for an in-depth discussion about strategies, successes, and challenges professionals face as they meet families where they are. 


1Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, 2Healthy Babies Healthy Start, Kalamazoo County Michigan Health and Community Services, 3Western Michigan University, 4ERACCE (Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity), 5YWCA-Kalamazoo, 6MIchigan Department of Health and Human Services, 7Urban Alliance


Webinar Title: Community Voice in Safe Sleep: Adapting the science of safe sleep to the real lives of families
Presenters: Sebele Sibhat MS1, Nia Evans MPH1, Terra Bautista BA2, and Cathy Kothari  PhD1
Contributors: Brenda O’Rourke BSN2, Cheryl Dickson MD MPH1, Amy Damashek PhD3, Fernando Ospina PhD candidate1 4, Tami Rey ABA5, Komal Razvi MPH5, Spence Adams MPH5, and the Cradle-Kalamazoo Frontline Sub-Committee
Description: The American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) updated safe sleep recommendations highlight the disconnect between the evidence regarding infant safe sleep and the actual practice of safe sleep. This disconnect results in approximately 3500 preventable sleep-related deaths each year in the U.S.; a burden borne largely by low income families and families of color. The AAP calls for safe sleep education that is “culturally appropriate, respectful, nonjudgmental, and aimed at increasing caregiver knowledge,…problem solving barriers,…and addressing caregiver concerns…” Yet, communities face significant challenges engaging in such dialogue. This webinar will share one community’s efforts to:

  • Listen to families’ infant sleep experiences 
  • Institute strategies for listening to families and for elevating their perspectives 
  • Strengthening partnerships that promote family engagement and dialogue 
  • Documenting the progress made, and the work still to be done 


1Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, 2Healthy Babies Healthy Start, Kalamazoo County Michigan Health and Community Services, 3Western Michigan University, 4ERACCE (Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity), 5YWCA-Kalamazoo


Webinar Title: The Importance of Educating Fathers on Child Birth and Safe Sleep
Presenter: Dr. Waymond Hayes, Ph.D (c), Director for Early Education/Youth Development, Focus:Hope
Description: Learn more about the Focus:Hope Safe Sleep for Fathers Project. The research that was conducted was based around male participants and their knowledge around Safe Sleep. This is just the first phase of the project. Hear what Focus:Hope is planning next to expand this work. 


Webinar Title: Third Hand Smoke: What is it and what can I do?
Presenters: Joni Detwiler, MSW, Public Health Consultant, MDHHS Maternal Infant Health Program; Carolyn Chaudhary, MPH, Consulting Contractor, MDHHS Tobacco Section; and Patti Kelly, MPH, LMSW, Infant Safe Sleep Program Consultant, MDHHS Infant Safe Sleep Program
Description: The negative health effects of smoking and second-hand smoke (SHS) are well established; however, third-hand smoke exposure (THS) is an emerging area of concern, especially for families with young children. Efforts to reduce active smoking and SHS exposure have been ongoing, but THS exposure, which is invisible, is not always addressed. This webinar will address THS components and the pollutants that remain on surfaces after tobacco is used. It will share tobacco exposure data from Michigan's Maternal Infant Health Program and explore how THS exposure occurs. Specific chemicals in cigarettes and vape devices will be identified; effects on an infant's sleep environment will be discussed and possible ways to mitigate exposure will be offered. An infographic for families will be introduced with suggestions on how professionals can speak with families on this emerging issue. 


Webinar Title: Infant Safe Sleep - It's Everybody's Business
Presenters: Colleen Nelson, LMSW and Patti Kelly, MPH, LMSW, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Description: Infant safe sleep is everyone's business. Learn about the infant safe sleep guidelines and what products on the market are safe/unsafe for infant sleep. You will also learn tips on how to address unsafe sleep when you see it and how you can support families with infants. Access:


Webinar Title: Talking with Families About Safe Sleep
Presenters: Colleen Nelson, LMSW and Patti Kelly, MPH, LMSW, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Infant Safe Sleep Program and Nina Eusani, RN, CLC, Maternal-Child Nurse 
Description: Oftentimes, discussions with families around topics of infant care, such as infant safe sleep and breastfeeding, remain at the educational level. This presentation will explore moving from educating families to engaging families in honest, open dialogue. Risk reduction strategies in the greater Public Health framework will be reviewed along with specific examples of how these strategies can be used in safe sleep conversations with families. During this webinar you will:

  • Learn how a "conversational approach" and the L.O.V.E. framework can be used in safe sleep.
  • Explore how to apply risk reduction techniques in safe sleep conversations.
  • Hear real-life examples of how these techniques have been used with families. 



Webinar Title: Coordinating with Emergency Medical Services to Support Infant Safe Sleep and More
Presenters: Terrie Godde, BS, CCP, EMS-IC, Education Coordinator; Dr. Samantha Mishra, DO, MPH, EMS for Children Coordinator; and Kristine Kuhl, BAS, M.Com, EMT-P, EMS-IC, Community Paramedic Coordinator
Description: The training covers a variety of topics related to the EMS system in Michigan, including an overview of the following programs: EMS System Community Paramedicine Program EMS for Children Pediatric Champions D.O.S.E Training


Webinar Title: Engaging Fathers in Infant Safe Sleep and More
Presenters: Matt Haviland, Parent Leadership & Male Engagement Specialist, Head Start for Kent County and Jonathan W. Lawrence, MSW, Healthy Start Supervisor, Previous Fatherhood Facilitator
Objectives: After watching this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Educate on the importance of fathers supporting mothers in the prenatal and neonatal periods
  • Educate fathers and those who work with fathers on the importance of a father's role in safe sleep
  • List and explain other ways fathers can bond with their children during the prenatal and neonatal periods
  • Effectively engage and retain fathers in programing Speak to fathers in a language they will understand
  • Create a father friendly environment



Webinar Title: Infant Safe Sleep - Addressing All Those Pesky "Buts"
Presenter: Teresa Holtrop MD, FAAP, Executive Director & Medical Director, Wayne Children's Healthcare Access Program
Description: The webinar covers safe sleep guidelines and delves into the challenges encountered by professionals working with parents of newborns and infants around safe sleep.
Access: Email for the recording and webinar slides.


Webinar Title: Cannabis Use: Implications for Pregnancy and Beyond
Presenter: Katie Miller, MPH, CHES, Health Promotion Coordinator for District Health Department #10
Description: The webinar reviews current research findings regarding the health implications of marijuana exposure during the prenatal and postnatal periods. The presenter discusses the known risks to both mom and baby associated with marijuana use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, as well as potential implications for infant care and safe sleep practices. 


Webinar Title: Motivational Interviewing: Parts I, II, III
Presenter: Randall Estes, LMSW, CAADC, CCS, Pine Rest Christian Health Services
Description: The webinar provides an overview of Motivational Interviewing, including change talk and how to use reflections to reinforce language about change. Part III contains two role plays that demonstrate how motivational interviewing can be used when talking to families about infant safe sleep.
Access: Motivational Interviewing: Part I
Motivational Interviewing: Part II
Motivational Interviewing: Part III