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Infant Mortality Summit 2010: Safe Sleep

May 3rd, 2010

- St. Joseph

Klieger Auditorium

7:30 am - Noon

The goal of the Summit was to present national, state and local data on the relationship between unsafe sleep and infant death, and to build consensus around the need for a consistent message on safe sleep from the community.  Leaders of our city’s major healthcare institutions, legislators, business leaders, local community and faith-based leaders, social workers and health care providers all came to address this critical public health emergency.  Breakout sessions and a final forum for recommendations and next steps helped everyone attending to focus on what their individual contributions could be toward lowering infant death rates due to unsafe sleep conditions.

The Summit featured a keynote speech by the nationally renowned Fern R. Hauck, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia.  Dr. Hauck’s research has focused on risk and protective factors for SIDS, with particular attention to the disparity in incidence between African American and white infants.

Safe Sleep Summit Agenda





















Registration and Breakfast

Mayor Tom Barrett
Commissioner of Health Bevan K. Baker
State of Wisconsin Health Officer (Division of Public Health) Seth Foldy

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Fern Hauck
Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences
Director, International Family Medicine Clinic, University of Virginia
"SIDS Classification and Unsafe Sleep as a Causal Factor"

Panel of SIDS and Safe Sleep Experts

  • Dr. Fern Hauck

  • Dr. Patricia McManus, Executive Director,
    Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin

  • Dr. Brain L. Peterson, Milwaukee County Medical Examiner

  • Dr. Emmanuel Ngui, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Julia Means, Blanket of Love, Columbia St. Mary's


Facilitated discussion and brainstorming exercise
Key Questions:

  • What is the most creative safe sleep strategy your organization or sector is currently implementing?

  • What other creative strategies would you like to see your organization or sector implement to promote safe sleep?

  • What are some innovative ideas for other sectors?

Report back to large group

Summary and next steps