Workforce and Leadership Development
In 2016, Alaska found that 95% of the families who experienced the loss of an infant in a sleep environment had child protection history, with the parents as parents of other children or the parents as child victims. Alaska’s Division of Public Health (DPH) and Office of Children’s Services (OCS) partnered to create a 3-hour workshop for OCS field staff and their partners, combining Healthy Alaska Babies, a state-specific, harm reduction focused curriculum on infant safe sleep adapted from the Healthy Native Babies Project, and information on identifying high-risk infants and prioritizing their families. Thus far, more than 250 OCS staff and partners have attended the workshops. We will share program development, workshop evaluation results, and next steps.