Safe Sleep Hawai‘i
Safe Sleep Hawai‘i is a statewide coalition supported by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH), Family Health Services Division (FHSD). Safe Sleep Hawai‘i prevents infant sleep-related deaths by promoting safe sleep practices for infants. The Coalition increases awareness about the causes of infant sleep-related deaths and how to prevent those deaths by providing educational information, training, and supportive services in communities across the islands. The Coalition’s work follows the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2022 Recommendations for Reducing Infant Deaths in the Sleep Environment.
Coalition members represent community members, birthing hospitals, military Family Advocacy Programs, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Hawai‘i Department of Human Services, DOH, and many nonprofits that support pregnant women and parents of infants.
FHSD supports activities to increase the rate of infants sleeping in safe conditions. In addition to the Safe Sleep Hawai‘i Coalition, FHSD supports monthly Safe Sleep workshops led by The Parent Line; the Cribs for Kids program, provided through the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai‘i; and the Safe Sleep Hawai‘i Facebook and Instagram accounts, managed by The Parent Line. The FHSD commitment to increasing safe sleep practices is reflected in the Title V State Action Plan Perinatal/Infant Health goals.
Safe Sleep Resources
DHS-Approved Safe Sleep Trainings
Everyone who cares for infants should understand the ABCs of safe sleep. Several options are available for parents, caregivers, and childcare providers to receive online training about creating safe sleep environments.
The Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Care Licensing Program requires specific safe sleep training for all DHS licensed and registered providers and centers that care for children less than 1 year of age. All individuals that might be around infants, including volunteers and household members, must participate in an annual safe sleep training.
DHS has a list of trainings that are approved to meet their licensing requirement. Many of these trainings are also available to parents and caregivers. The current list of approved trainings is HERE (updated October 3, 2022).