January 1, 2016
Hackensack University Medical Center is collaborating to raise awareness and reduce the risk of sudden infant death. The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Center of New Jersey, based at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, has secured a renewed governor’s proclamation calling attention to this public health issue.
“I would like to commend the SIDS Center of New Jersey team for obtaining this proclamation,” said Jeffrey Boscamp, M.D., vice president and chief academic officer at HackensackUMC. “It draws renewed attention to the critical goal of decreasing sudden infant deaths.”
The SIDS Center of New Jersey provides public education along with emotional support for bereaved families. It investigates possible causes, working with national organizations to reduce infant mortality and the racial and ethnic disparities associated with it. The overarching goal is to educate and motivate families and caregivers to make informed decisions regarding safe sleep practices.