The Coalition hosted a safe sleep training for home visitors and health care professionals to explore causes of sleep-related deaths on July 26. The training included a presentation by Dr. Emmanuel Peña, UF College of Medicine Jacksonville Assistant Professor & Child Abuse Pediatrician.
One hundred attendees from the Coalition, Jewish Family and Community Services, Children’s Home Society, the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, Family Support Services of North Florida, THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health and Baptist Health attended the training.
The presentation delved into the history of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs) and how unsafe sleep practices are causing babies to die. Dr. Peña also discussed the importance of applying safe sleep recommendations to individual family situations and the need for changes in the SUID death scene investigations and autopsies.
The training ended with a Q&A where the participants were able to ask Dr. Emmanuel Peña specific questions pertaining to situations that they have experienced.