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SUID/SIDS Training Toolkit

This toolkit presents selected training curricula, programs, and resources.


Risk Reduction and Health Promotion

Safe to Sleep. A public education campaign to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death, contains a wide range of resources—videos, brochures and other printable and shareable resources, for families and public health professionals. Some of the materials are in Spanish.

Change for Our Children: Safe Start Programme (New Zealand). Training modules to educate family service providers and families about safe sleep. Includes select summaries in 20 languages.

Reducing the Risk for SIDS and SUID: Continuing Education for Nurses. Designed to inform pediatric, obstetric, and neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners—as well as nurses who educate family members and other caregivers about caring for infants—about the latest risk-reduction strategies for SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Created by the The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in collaboration with a number of partners.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Facts for NICU Nurses. (2013). Aris CA, McMullen SL, Lipke BM, Le Mura CA, Consenstein L. Syracuse, NY: St. Joseph's Hospital. PowerPoint training module for NICU nurses.

SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths. (2016). From AAP. Policy Statement, SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment; and technical report, SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Evidence Base for 2016 Updated Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment.

Hospital Certification Toolkit. (2020). Cribs for Kids. A 10-step guide for hospitals to achieve National Infant Safe Sleep Certification, also includes additional instructions and resources for hospital narrative requirements, infant safe sleep policy, health team training, family/caregiver education, photography guidelines, safe sleep compliance, and infant sleep products.

*Helping Babies, Healing Families: Program Manual & Trainer's Guide. (2009). Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, SUID/SIDS Program. Manual and accompanying training guide designed to support the staff of local and state programs to provide comprehensive sudden unexpected infant death/sudden infant death syndrome (SUID/SIDS) risk-reduction and bereavement-program services. The trainer’s guide, adapted from a publication produced by the National Cancer Institute, focuses on how to conduct trainings, presentations, and informational sessions for a variety of audiences.

Safe Sleep for Infants. (2018). Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 60-minute video recording of the October 2018 session of Public Health Grand Rounds.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and the Child Care Provider: Sample Drill: Emergency Procedures for an Unresponsive Infant. (2007). First Candle/SIDS Alliance and the National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center (NSIDPSC). Fact sheet describing how a drill should proceed, emergency procedures, and what to do if an infant dies.

California SIDS Program: SIDS/SUID Coordinators, Public Health Professionals and Emergency Personnel. Tips for planning and conducting a successful SIDS training. Includes a training checklist as well as tools and resources for training emergency personnel, public health professionals, child care providers (in English and Spanish), and mortuary professionals.

Culturally Competent Services

Engaging Ethnic Media to Inform Communities About Safe Infant Sleep. (2012). National Center for Cultural Competence.

African American Faith Based Bereavement Initiative. (2011). National Center for Cultural Competence and SUID/SIDS Program Support Center at First Candle. Training specifically developed for clergy in the African American Christian faith community to improve supports for families experiencing stillbirth and infant mortality.

Healthy Native Babies Project Workbook and Toolkit. (2010). Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Healthy Native Babies Project Workgroup. A comprehensive SIDS risk-reduction and safe-sleep guide for health professionals, social workers, community organizers, and others working in Native communities. The packet outlines the facts about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), explains how to reduce the risk, provides strategies for reaching Native communities, and presents action steps for sustaining a Healthy Native Babies project.

Think Cultural Health. (2020). Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Targeted web-based curricula for a variety of healthcare providers, with free continuing medical education credits and continuing education units. Designed to effectively equip healthcare providers with cultural and linguistic competencies, using case studies and interactive features. Some materials also available in Spanish.

Infusing Cultural and Linguistic Competence into Health Promotion Training. (2005). National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC). Online streaming video (90 min.) designed for individuals or groups to build knowledge and capacity to infuse principles and practices of cultural and linguistic competence into health-promotion training. The video is divided into chapters so that it can be watched in one viewing or over several training sessions. The chapters allow viewers to stop at key points for discussion or small group exercises. Guidelines on using the video for group training are also provided.

Infusing Cultural and Linguistic Competence into the Multiple Systems Encountered by Families Following the Sudden, Unexpected Death of an Infant. (2003). National Center for Cultural Competence.

A Guide to Choosing and Adapting Culturally and Linguistically Competent Health Promotion Materials. (2003). National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC). Guidance on how to ensure that health-promotion materials reflect principles and practices of cultural and linguistic competence.

Native Generations. Urban Indian Health Institute.
A campaign addressing high rates of infant mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Includes a video, video sharing guide, video discussion guide, resources for families including information on SIDS.

Promoting Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competency. (2009). National Center for Cultural Competence. A self-assessment checklist for personnel providing services and supports to individuals and families affected by sudden and unexpected infant death (SUID).

Roots of Health Inequity. National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the National Institutes of Health. Online learning collaborative for public health professionals to explore the causes of systemic differences in health and wellness that can be addressed in the public health arena.

SUID/SIDS Training Toolkit. (Updated March 2022)

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.