Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs: A National Network of SIDS, SUID and Infant Mortality Professionals
The Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) was formed in 1987 with support and encouragement of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). ASIP maintains close ties with maternal and child health programs and continues to be a leading national organization for professionals whose scope of work includes risk reduction or bereavement support for families that have experienced an infant death. In that capacity, ASIP helped develop and co-sponsor the Back to Sleep campaign. Hailed as one of the most effective public health interventions in modern history, the campaign led to a 50 percent decrease in SIDS between 1992 and 2003.
Our understanding of SIDS has changed considerably over the years. The incidence of SIDS has declined due, in part, to the impact of the earlier Back to Sleep campaigns and increasing awareness of the relationship to unsafe sleep practices and other risk factors. A diagnostic shift has been proposed: infant deaths that might have been classified as SIDS in the past may now be classified as other forms of infant death. CDC has proposed the term sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) to describe a broader category of infant deaths which includes SIDS.
The organization has evolved to meet these challenges with a new board of directors and expanded mission which includes SUID, infant safe sleep, and bereavement support. ASIP partners with MCHB to administer Project IMPACT, one of four National SUID/Child Death Centers. ASIP has a longstanding collaboration with the National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (NFIMR) including the 2009 update of the bibliography on grief and bereavement prepared by ASIP member, Dr. Jodi Shaefer.
In the coming year, ASIP anticipates new discussions about the national SIDS/SUID education campaigns. ASIP is working with federal, state and local leadership to encourage consistency and clarity in risk reduction and prevention messages. ASIP is also joining with AMCHP to co-host an important series of national webinars to communicate these changes among their SIDS, SUID and MCH colleagues. ASIP looks forward to partnering with AMCHP and other national colleagues to “Shape the Future” of SIDS, SUID and Infant Safe Sleep.