Baby 1st Network

Infant safe sleep education, community outreach and family support

aka SID Network of Ohio   |   Cuyahoga Falls, OH   |  www.baby1stnetwork.org

Mission

The mission of the Baby 1st Network is to provide educational material and support for all who work to reduce Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). We are committed to providing the tools necessary to empower and engage communities to keep their infants safe. We also provide compassionate support services to families who have experienced the sudden unexpected loss of an infant.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are excited to announce that we have changed our name to Baby 1st Network! In late 2015, the SID Network launched a strategic planning process to determine our future direction in light of the changing external environment. We listened to our constituents and key stakeholders and followed our hearts and determined that our future lay with building on the success of its existing community outreach programs and the expansion of its bereavement services to previously under-served populations.  Baby 1st Network represents a new direction of positive, proactive work within our communities. 
The mission of the Baby 1st Network is to provide educational material and support for all who work to reduce Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).  We are committed to providing the tools necessary to empower and engage communities to keep their infants safe. We also provide compassionate support services to families who have experienced the sudden unexpected loss of an infant.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Ms. Leslie Redd

Main address

421 Graham Rd., Suite H

Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 USA

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Formerly known as

SID Network of Ohio

EIN

23-7186229

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Sudden Infant Death Program: Provision of Mandated Reporting and Bereavement Support

The purpose of this program is to assure that parents are offered counseling and supportive services after the sudden and unexpected death of an infant; to monitor and assure that coroners notify Baby 1st Network of all sudden and unexpected infant deaths under the age of 2 years; and that local health departments make contact with each family to offer support.  Baby 1st Network is responsible for providing expert consultation on SIDS and SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death); serving as a liaison with national local SIDS organizations and serving as a resource for SIDS research and risk reduction.  Baby 1st Network, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health, also conducts 2 statewide SIDS Risk Reduction and Infant Safe Sleep training sessions for health care professionals, social worker, daycare providers and first responders. Baby 1st Network offers specialized grief materials to parents and caregivers from our free library and grief support through our toll-free number by volunteer SIDS/SUID parents. These volunteers provide grieving families with support and encouragement. Our Facebook, Twitter and website pages are sources of bereavement support for anyone who has suffered from the loss of an infant.

Population(s) Served

Our focus continues to be Community Engagement: 3 Community Health Forums were held with approximately 96 people in attendance. The goal is to address the disparities in infant mortality in African American communities by educating the community about infant mortality, SIDS and infant safe sleep practices. Our Infant Safe Sleep Mini-Grant Program was developed to increase educational initiatives in communities to share the infant safe sleep message. Each project must reach a minimum of 20 participants and 7 grants were awarded. A total of 9 activities were held reaching 626 people. In addition, we distributed 7,356 infant safe sleep t-shirts with our safe sleep message as part of our Infant Safe Sleep Program. 10, 018 "Keep your sleeping baby safe” brochures were distributed along with 13,200 other safe sleep and bereavement materials. In conjunction with ODH, we held 2 SIDS Risk Reduction and Infant Safe Sleep trainings for professionals and had 123 in attendance. Four additional Safe Sleep workshops were held across the state reaching 198 people.

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Baby 1st Network

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
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Board chair

Tracy Tucker

Promotions Manager, CAPA

Term: 2010 -

Amy Kuzdowicz

Jack Entertainment, LLC

Joseph Wells

Total Quality Logistics, LLC

Kathleen Meyer

Mead Johnson Nutrition

Sheldon Wrice

The University of Akron

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