First Year Cleveland

First Year Cleveland

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Biomedical Research Building
11000 Cedar Avenue - 4th Floor Cleveland, OH 44106

Phone 216-368-4837
Home About Us FYC Action Teams Eliminating Sleep-Related Deaths

FYC Action Teams

Priority Area: Eliminating Sleep-Related Deaths

(Learn more about what we're doing in this priority area)

GOAL: By the end of 2020, Cuyahoga County's sleep-related infant deaths will be reduced from 27 in 2015 to five.

Action Team 9: Decrease first- and second-hand smoking.

GOAL: Decrease first- and second-hand smoking so newborns are not exposed to smoke after birth. 

Recent Accomplishments: FYC is currently identifying a lead agency for this team.

FYC is currently identifying a lead agency for this team.

Action Team 10: Promote safe sleep and expand sleep ambassador program. 

GOAL: Model the MetroHealth Sleep Ambassador program throughout the county; hire parents and grandparents who have experienced a sleep-related infant loss to drive the messaging campaign and lead training. 

Recent Accomplishments: This team has trained over 7,800 individuals to be Safe Sleep Heroes, including 7,600 MetroHealth System employees. By June 2020, this team aims to train 15,000 employees and individuals in faith-based groups to become sleep ambassadors in the communities impacted by infant mortality. Employees in The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland and the private sector will be trained. Over 10,000 copies of “Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug” have been distributed through partners in addition to other educational materials and toolkits for community members, families and providers. In 2019, the team is incorporating education regarding breastfeeding into their work through workplace and public awareness campaigns. 

Rita Andolsen, The MetroHealth System
Leadership, KeyBank
K. Michael Benz, Community Volunteer

Action Team 11: Promote smoking cessation and advocate for implemention of Tobacco21 policies.

GOAL: Reduce tobacco use during pregnancy through implementation of Tobacco 21 (T21) policies in Greater Cleveland communities and increase access to the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT NOW) by pregnant women. 

Recent Accomplishments:  The team is just underway with funding beginning in 2019.

Terry Allan, Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Share This


Photo Gallery

1 of 22