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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: Reduce sleep-related infant deaths from 27 in 2015 to five by the end of 2020.

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. 

Progress to date: FYC Action Team 9 exceeded their 2018 enrollment goal and are empowering and educating women on important topics like spacing pregnancies, decreasing unplanned pregnancies and smoking cessation through CenteringPregnancy programs. 

Monica Webb Hooper, Office of Disparity Research, CWRU

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. 

Progress to date: Action Team 10 has brought together representatives from four health systems and numerous cross-sector partners, trained more than 7,500 Safe Sleep Heroes in their first grant year, collaborated to distribute nearly 10,000 copies of Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug, and centered family conversations about safe sleep by hiring parents and grandparents who have experienced a sleep-related loss to inform messaging and honor their personal experiences by sharing them with the community.

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. 

Progress to date: In addition to the City of Cleveland, five communities have passed T21 since the project began. They are Euclid, Cleveland Heights, Brooklyn, Lakewood and University Heights, with additional communities considering the legislation. These five communities have included vendor compliance checks in the legislation to monitor and reduce sales to youths. The 1-800-QUIT NOW resource was disseminated at the April Action Collaborative, noting that all pregnant women who receive Medicaid are eligible for free services, including incentives and nicotine replacement therapy. We will be monitoring current efforts to pass a statewide T21 policy in the state budget, advocating for the most protective approach.

Terry Allan, Cuyahoga County Board of Health

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