The Safe Sleep Coalition was initiated by the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), Children’s Division (CD) in winter 2016 to exclusively focus on safe sleep for infants. The primary goal of the Coalition is to substantially reduce and eliminate injuries and deaths as a result of unsafe sleep environments and practices in Missouri through increased education, awareness, practice and training. Coalition members meet regularly to share expertise and work together to develop, support and distribute consistent, safe sleep messaging statewide. The Coalition promotes September as Baby Safety Month by implementing a social media calendar and has plans to create safe sleep online training for professionals and caregivers.
The Coalition adopted a Missouri Safe Sleep Strategic Plan that was prepared by the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) in fall 2019.
Cardinal Glennon – SSM Health
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Children’s Trust Fund (CTF)
Infant Loss Resources, Inc.
Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MO-AAP)
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS)
Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), Children’s Division (CD)
Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), State Technical Assistance Team (STAT)
Mother & Child Health Coalition
Nurses For Newborns Foundation
Office of Child Advocate