Healthy Native Babies Project (HNBP)

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Data show that Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) are disproportionately higher in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

  • In 2003, SIDS rates were highest for AI/AN infants, 2.4 times those for non-Hispanic white infants. SIDS rates among AI/AN infants at this time were highest in five Indian Health Service areas in the Norther Tier: Aberdeen, Alaska, Billings, Bemidji, and Portland.
  • From 2011 through 2014, the overall SUID rate per 100,000 live births for AI/AN infants (194.1) was more than twice those of non-Hispanic white infants (83.8).
  • SIDS deaths account for the largest proportion of SUIDs for all racial and ethnic groups, including AI/AN communities.

NICHD—working with representatives from Tribes in the Northern Tier and others who serve AI/AN audiences—launched the HNBP in 2003 to assist local programs in addressing safe infant sleep in AI/AN communities.

The Project was preceded by multiple working group and focus group meetings involving AI/AN stakeholders and federal partners, as well as Tribal Elders and public health experts, to develop a comprehensive approach for how to best reach AI/AN audiences with safe sleep messages. The resulting approach focused on culturally appropriate outreach using community-tailored resources, resource stipends, training sessions, and technical assistance.

As the HNBP enters its 15th year, NICHD, working group members, and other partners are reexamining the approach and the resources to better meet the changing needs of AI/AN communities.

HNBP Materials

Select a link to view, download, or order materials, developed for the HNPB.

Safe Sleep for Your Baby Booklet

Honor the Past, Learn for the Future Handout

Healthy Native Babies Project Workbook Packet

Healthy Native Babies Project Facilitator's Packet

Healthy Native Babies Project Training Videos

This six-part video series features a train-the-trainer session for service providers held in August of 2014 in Toppenish, Washington.
Videos of Healthy Native Babies Project Train-the-Trainer Session