1000 Grandmothers

1000 Grandmothers: Promoting Safe Infant Sleep and Preventing Deaths of Native American Babies

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) rates of American Indians/Alaska Natives are at least three times that of white babies. The Centers for Disease Control funded the Center for one year (beginning Fall 2013) to work to engage grandmothers and tribal elders in designing safe sleep education using traditional methods such as Talking Circles and cradleboard classes.  The National Center is partnering with the International Association for Indigenous Aging to work with elders and young mothers in three tribes to design and test the program model.