Michigan Awards "World of Difference 2014" Recipients

Director Corrigan was chosen to receive the World of Difference 2014 award from the Michigan Child Death Review (CDR) Program for her strong leadership in the safety and protection of the children of Michigan, especially with respect to the issue of sleep-related infant deaths. Long a problem addressed by those in public health, Director Corrigan recognized the social aspects of these preventable deaths and made it her mission to do what was in her power to see that Michigan was using a coordinated and sustained approach to reducing the numbers of these tragedies. Because of her energy and efforts in taking on this complex issue, much work has been catalyzed at the state and local levels to reach as many families as possible regarding the importance of safe sleep and how it saves babies’ lives. We truly appreciate all of the support that Director Corrigan has given to the CDR process and more importantly, her tireless efforts to protect all of Michigan’s children from harm. She makes a World of Difference.

Colin Parks was chosen to receive the World of Difference 2014 award from the Michigan Child Death Review (CDR) Program due to his outstanding work with a wide variety of multi-disciplinary groups whose purpose is to make Michigan a healthier and safer place for children, including the Child Death State Advisory Committee, the Citizen Review Panel on Child Fatalities, and the vigorous support he has shown for the local CDR teams around the state. He has been an outstanding partner, always respecting the experience and perspectives of those with whom he collaborates, while providing them with a wealth of information about the efforts that DHS is undertaking to address child safety issues, including sleep-related infant deaths. He is passionate and dedicated to his work, and despite the obvious negativity surrounding child abuse and neglect issues, he never loses his optimism that through our collaborative efforts, children’s lives will be saved and improved. He makes a World of Difference.

Michigan Launches New Program to Recognize Schools Prepared for Cardiac Emergencies

The Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH), and Education (MDE), along with the Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young and the American Heart Association (AHA) have launched a new program called MI HEARTSafe Schools, to recognize Michigan schools that are prepared for cardiac emergencies. For full information, visit their site at,4612,7-132-63157_64754-316105--,00.html.

NICHD Announces New Safe To Sleep® Website

NICHD is excited to share that the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) recently launched a new Safe to Sleep® website. Please visit their new site at

First Lady Sue Snyder Announces Support of Safe Sleep Initiatives

Click here for more information: First Lady Sue Snyder Announcement.

New Video on Safe Sleep Released

Click here for more information: New Video on Safe Sleep Released.

In February, Focus is on Heart Health in Children and Youth

Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed Feb. 4, 2013 as Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (SCDY) Awareness Day, and Feb. 7-14 as Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week. For more information about SCDY and CHD please read the full press release.

Khadija Swims Selected as Safe to Sleep Champion

Michigan Child Death Review Team staff, Khadija Swims, was selected by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health to be a Safe to Sleep Champion – one of two individuals selected to represent the state of Michigan. In total, 36 individuals nationally were selected for this initiative. The goal of the Safe to Sleep Champions Initiative is to raise awareness about safe infant sleep practices on a state and national level through the use of the media and various social network outlets. The initiative will also equip parents, caregivers, and communities with needed information to help reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths.

Please contact Khadija if you have any questions regarding the Safe to Sleep initiative, or if you need brochures or handouts regarding infant safe sleep.

To find out more about the Safe to Sleep campaign, read the Safe to Sleep Press Release.

AAP Safe Sleep Guidelines

On October 18, 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced expanded guidelines for infant sleep safety and SIDS risk reduction. The news release provides more information.

Chicago Bans Sale of Crib Bumpers

Chicago became the first municipality in the nation to ban the sale of bumpers. Read more about it at

Hearing on Maltreatment Deaths

On July 12, 2011 Teri Covington testified in front of Congress about child deaths due to maltreatment. The hearing took place at 10:00 a.m. in the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means, in Washington D.C.

Due to the limited time available, oral testimony was invitation only. It was a great honor for Covington. Covington was one of six witnesses, including Law and Order SVU actress and advocate against child deaths Tamara Tunie.

Each witness read their testimony before the Subcommittee, and after each was done the subcommittee asked many questions on how these deaths could be avoided. They also asked for solutions so states could better report these deaths."The bottom line is that states are not reporting each child maltreatment death and that makes it hard to prevent these deaths in the future," said chairman Geoff Davis.

"We need to do a much better job working together at the local, state, and national level," stated Covington in her testimony. The hearing concluded that states need better data collection and state support.

Click here to read her testimony or watch the entire hearing

Infant sleep positioners:
Consumer Warning - Risk of Suffocation

Please read the MedWatch safety alert about Infant sleep positioners. Click here to read the FDA warning.

Prevention in Action

Gratiot and Branch Counties: While collecting information at their local Child Death Review Team meetings, both Gratiot and Branch Counties found that there were gaps in communication between responding entities when a child death had occurred. Some entities were not being notified of the death in a timely manner, thus hindering the completion of a thorough investigation, with input from all who might have information about the child, family, and/or incident. They realized that there were no formal protocols in place for their responding entities to follow in cases of child death.

They decided to address this issue. In both cases, someone from the county CDR team stepped up to create, with input from all parties involved, protocols for notification of the proper offices/agencies and what their respective responsibilities are, in the event of a 'child not breathing' call to 911 or the presentation of a child death of any kind to hospital ER. The two counties have gotten sign-off on the plans from those involved and have distributed them.