SEATTLE - The Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, announced that it has received a $9,700 grant from the CJ Foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the premier funder of SIDS programs and SIDS-related research in the nation. Grant monies will support activities of the Native American Women's Dialogue on Infant Mortality, which brings together concerned community members, federal and state agencies, and community-based organizations to address the high infant mortality and SIDS rates in American Indian and Alaska Native families.
Grant activities include increasing awareness of this disturbing health disparity; providing culturally appropriate SIDS risk reduction education materials; providing opportunities for Native community members to gather and discuss strategies to support pregnant and parenting women; and mobilization of Native community members and allies.
The CJ Foundation for SIDS was founded by Joel and Susan Hollander in memory of their daughter, Carly Jenna, who died from SIDS in 1993. The foundation is a volunteer health organization dedicated to recognizing the needs of the SIDS community through supporting research, bereavement services, education and public awareness. Since its inception in 1994, the foundation has raised millions of dollars thus making possible the funding of more than 140 organizations nationwide.
To learn about the Urban Indian Health Institute, call (206) 812-3039 or visit www.uihi.org. To learn more about the CJ Foundation for SIDS, call (888) 8CJ-SIDS or visit www.cisids.com.