News/Events 

Safe to Sleep Champions Initiative

The goal of the Safe to Sleep Champions Initiative is to share the campaign messages about SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death through the use of the media. The Safe to Sleep Champions will be the voice of the campaign by speaking with local media outlets during October, SIDS Awareness Month to raise awareness for the newly expanded campaign about safe infant sleep. Each Champion will be tasked with the goal of obtaining at least two local media placements in his or her state during October.

A Safe to Sleep Champion can be a mother, father, grandparent, or other family member affected by SIDS or other sleep-related causes of infant death; a health care provider; a health educator; a representative from a local infant or family health organization or coalition; or a trusted community leader.

Downloads

Safe to Sleep Champions Information Sheet      

Safe to Sleep Champions Application - All applications must be submitted by Monday, July 30, 2012.

Sisters United Action Group - Organizes to Reduce Infant Mortality

An infant under the age of one dies almost every day in Arkansas, and there is a disparity between African American babies and those that are white. Sisters United Action Group – presidents of local sororities – and the Arkansas Department of Health are working together to help fight infant mortality. The special action group met June 19 to introduce a new program to help reduce African American Infant Mortality. The program involves training for sorority sisters so that they can be a trusted source of good information for their friends and others living in areas where infant mortality is high.

Infant Mortality Awareness Baby Shoes Display

On Thursday, Sept. 29 the Arkansas Department of Health arrange a display of 318 pairs of infant shoes on the front steps on the department  to the  infants who died before their first birthday in the state of Arkansas in 2009.

http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/09/29/8045136-baby-shoes-symbolize-infant-deaths-in-arkansas

2011 National Healthcare Career Network Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to individuals committed to health careers and to being life long learners, mentors, and volunteers who will participate in professional societies, community organizations and networking groups as they advance in their careers. Students and professionals from all areas of health care, clinical and non-clinical, are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to those interested in positions that are difficult to fill or with high turnover rate including nursing, radiology, pharmacy, therapy, business/health care administration, medical technology, allied health, etc. Application deadline is October 15, 2011.

HHS Announces Plan for Health Data Collection on LGBT Populations

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that HHS would begin collecting data in its population health surveys that would facilitate identification of health issues and reduction of health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations.

Plan for Health Data Collection

Under the plan, HHS will integrate questions on sexual orientation and gender identity into national data collection efforts. This includes the testing of questions on sexual orientation and potential incorporation of these questions into the National Health Interview Survey, the department's flagship data instrument for collecting health information on populations, by 2013. This would be the first step toward development of a government-wide standard for LGBT data collection.

Under the plan, HHS will integrate questions on sexual orientation and gender identity into national data collection efforts. This includes the testing of questions on sexual orientation and potential incorporation of these questions into the National Health Interview Survey, the department's flagship data instrument for collecting health information on populations, by 2013. This would be the first step toward development of a government-wide standard for LGBT data collection.Under the plan, HHS will integrate questions on sexual orientation and gender identity into national data collection efforts. This includes the testing of questions on sexual orientation and potential incorporation of these questions into the National Health Interview Survey, the department's flagship data instrument for collecting health information on populations, by 2013. This would be the first step toward development of a government-wide standard for LGBT data collection.