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The National SIDS & Infant Death Program Support Center officially opened its doors in June 1998. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the NSID-PSC is creating a nationwide network for private and public organizations, committed to ameliorating SIDS and reducing infant mortality, to work in harmony to enhance and strengthen community-based, family-centered risk reduction and bereavement services throughout the United States. Many professionals and lay people with vast knowledge, expertise and experience in the areas of SIDS and infant death (including data, diagnosis and reporting; training, education, curriculum development, information, technology and communication; policy and advocacy; bereavement support services; hard to reach under served populations; and infant mortality risk reduction) have committed to partner with the NSID-PSC to assure the achievement of its goal:

To enhance and strengthen community-based, family-centered, comprehensive coordinated and culturally competent systems of risk reduction and bereavement services in all fifty states.

At the core of the National SIDS & Infant Death Program Support Center is the desire to provide an umbrella for SIDS and other infant death efforts across the country to encourage networking, sharing of resources and experience. It is envisioned that we will be able to maximize expertise, solicit participation, and enlist "buy-in" from many interested parties. The NSID-PSC will support the development of community-based services to reduce as much as possible the risk of SIDS and other infant death; to appropriately support families when an infant death does occur; reach out to under served populations; and analyze standardized information about infant deaths in the hope of discovering factors which can ameliorate or reduce the risk of future infant death.

We are delighted to announce that the National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center (PSC) has officially opened its doors. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the Program Support Center is creating a nationwide network for private and public organizations, committed to ameliorating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and reducing infant mortality, to work in harmony to enhance and strengthen community-based, family-centered risk reduction and bereavement services throughout the United States. The Program Support Center's offices are located next to the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance. As you may be aware, the SIDS Alliance spearheaded a collaborative grant application on behalf of the SIDS, other infant death and maternal and child health communities, and was awarded the Cooperative Agreement by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Service Administration to establish the Center.

We are also pleased to introduce to you key staff for the Program Support Center:

Laura Hillman, M.D., is serving as Program Director for the Center. In addition to her positions as a professor of Child Health at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and a neonatologist at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Hillman is the President and Medical Director of SIDS Resources, Inc., an entity that provides SIDS services for State of Missouri. She is the Program Director for an infant mortality reduction project in the Missouri boot heel funded by Healthy Start. Dr. Hillman was one of the principal investigators in the National Institute of Health's Collaborative Epidemiology Study of SIDS and has conducted basic research on nutrition and hormone regulations in SIDS.

Center Coordinator Kathleen Graham is helping staff the efforts of the work teams that are being formed to undertake specific tasks outlined in the Program Support Center's Strategic Work Plan.

Other staff members include:

bullet Hanan Kallash, Assistant Program Coordinator, [email protected]
bullet Megha Mongwa, Stork's Nest Coordinator, [email protected]
bullet Wanda Briggs, Administrative Assistant, [email protected] 
bullet Chuck Mihalko, Webmaster, [email protected] 

The diversity of staff backgrounds coupled with their understanding of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and the broader maternal and child, and healthcare arenas, will be invaluable in promoting and supporting the Program Support Center.

Many professionals and para-professionals with vast knowledge, expertise and years of experience in the areas of data, diagnosis and reporting; training, education, curriculum development; information, communications, and technology; policy and advocacy; bereavement support services; hard to reach under served populations and infant mortality risk reduction have already committed to partner with the Center to assure the achievement of its goals. We are in the process of identifying additional individuals and organizations in the SIDS, other infant deaths and maternal and child health communities to work with the Center and to serve on individual work teams and the Advisory Committee.

We would welcome your participation and input into the evolution of the National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center. If you are interested in joining us in this new and exciting venture or would like additional information, please contact Kathleen Graham at 800-638-7437 or [email protected] 

Laura Hillman, M.D., Program Director

Deb Boyd, Program Administrator, Executive Director First Candle/SIDS Alliance

1314 Bedford Avenue, Suite 210, Baltimore, Maryland 21208
(800) 638-7437 (410) 415-6628 FAX (410) 415-5093

A listing of the National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center Advisory Committee and Work Teams (1/15/2000) membership can be seen here.

Last Updated: June 06, 2004

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