Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is a major cause of infant death and a public health issue with little progress over the past 20 years. After an initial decline in SUIDs following the 1992 policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the 1994 NIH-led "Back to Sleep" campaign, the number of SUIDs has plateaued, and nearly ten infants a day die suddenly and unexpectedly. Clearly new efforts to effect change are needed. We propose to add Cook County, Illinois to the SUID-Case Registry. With a widely diverse population of 5.2 million, Cook County is the second most populous county in the United States and includes all of Chicago, the nation's third largest city. Cook County averages nearly two infants a week dying suddenly and unexpectedly with SUID rates among black infants approximately ten times that of white infants We will collaborate with the Cook County's Child Death Review Teams, Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, and multiple government and community organizations to collect detailed information on resident SUIDs for Cook County with efforts to ensure complete, high quality, accurate and accessible information to inform prevention efforts. We will work with SIDS of Illinois, the Chicago Department of Public Health, Kids in Danger, home visiting programs as well as several other groups to allow this high quality surveillance information to translate into evidence-informed prevention. The Cook County SUID-CR system will ultimately be useful in monitoring SUIDs and evaluating prevention efforts.
(We are applying for the core funding only. We are not applying for funding related to Sudden Death in the Young.)