Healthy Start Coalition, Inc.
5625 Dixie Drive, Suite 3 * Pensacola, FL 32503 * Phone (850) 474-5333 * Fax (850) 474-5334
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Deborah Trocki, M.S.W., CHCQM
Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition, Inc.
Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition, Inc. awarded MARCH OF DIMES SIDS Grant
Pensacola, Florida, February 20, 2007 - The Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition, Inc., was awarded a
March of Dimes grant to provide community education on safe sleeping for infants and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome). The Healthy Start Coalition will develop SIDS training curriculum for use with community educators,
home visitors and women who have a high risk for an infant death.
“ As infant mortality is a strong indicator of community health, its important for community organizations
and health care providers to continue to work together to decrease the risk of pregnancy complications and poor
birth outcomes for all pregnant women,” said Deborah Trocki, Executive Director of the Escambia County
Healthy Start Coalition. “ The fact that our rates have dropped for two years is a positive sign that more women
are receiving effective prenatal care and education. But in the past few months, three infants died with SIDS as
the cause of death.” Trocki said “ We are honored to receive this grant from the March of Dimes and are
confident that a comprehensive community effort can prevent future deaths. A recent analysis of suffocation and
SIDS deaths in Escambia County showed higher percentage of young mothers lost their infants. This project will
increase the community educators’ knowledge of the risk factors associated with SIDS and the things they can
do to reduce these risk factors. At risk families receiving home visiting will be able to reduce associated risk
factors in their homes.”
What can be done?
Do not co-sleep with your infant.
Do not allow babies to share a crib, even if they are siblings or twins.
Always place the baby on his back to sleep.
Place the baby on a firm mattress and remove all pillows, quilts, comforters, bumper pads, stuffed toys,
and other soft items from the crib.
Do not place the baby to sleep on a waterbed, sofa or chair, soft mattress, sl eeping bag, pillow, or any
other soft surface.
ABOUT HEALTHY START
The intent of the Healthy Start legislation is that each community establishes a system that guarantees
that all women have access to prenatal care and that all infants have access to services that promote normal
growth and development.
Healthy Start is a program that offers pregnant women, infants and young children services that
promote healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition, Inc. works with
community volunteers and agencies. Healthy Start care coordination and services support families in reducing the
factors and situations that place pregnant women and infants in jeopardy for poor outcomes. The most frequently
offered Healthy Start services are outreach, care coordination, childbirth education, parenting education and
support, nutrition counseling, psychosocial counseling, tobacco education and cessation counseling, breastfeeding
education, and counseling between pregnancies.
The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of
babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes
funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a
campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth. For more information, visit the March of Dimes
Website at www.marchofdimes.com or its Spanish language website at www.nacersano.org
For more information or if you are interested in being trained on SIDS, contact the Deborah Trocki at