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April 26, 2013


Guarding All Children in Sleep

Brown Bag Series Co-Sponsored by UIC's Institute of Government & Public Affairs, SIDS of Illinois, UIC Department of Anthropology, UIC Maternal and Child Health Program
Speakers: Stephanie Cowan, Founding Director of Change for Our Children in New Zealand, and others

When: April 26, 8 AM to noon

Where: UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted, Illinois Rooms A and C




The 2013 Family Impact Seminar will feature a presentation by Stephanie Cowan, Founding Director of Change for Our Children in New Zealand. Cowan will discuss New Zealand's efforts to prevent SIDS across racial and socioeconomic groups, and the successful social innovation that has continued to decrease risk for all familes through public education.


The presentation will be followed by a public conversation with experts and audience members. Dr. Wendy Middlemiss, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas and an expert on safe sleep practices, will join Cowan to discuss ways to apply the lessons learned in New Zealand to the U.S., and to answer audience questions.

From 10:30 am to noon, audience members will choose from two breakout sessions:

  • Breakout Session Option 1: A panel on the latest research about levels of racial disparities, why they exist, and strategies to reduce them. Panelists include: Dr. Rachel Gordon, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago; Dr. Fern Hauck, Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia; and Dr. Lane Volpe, a medical anthropologist and consultant based in Boulder, CO.
  • Breakout Session Option 2: A hands-on training to help practitioners understand current standards of safe sleep practice, and how to communiticate them to diverse audiences, including parents, the public, and policy makers. The training will be led by Nancy Maruyama, BSN, RN, Executive Director of Education and Community Outreach at SIDS of Illinois. Maruyama has been active in SIDS prevention since the death of her son Brendan in 1985 and regularly trains parents and practitioners in safe sleep practices.

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