1 Preventable Death Is 1 Too Many

Since 2010, nearly 100 young children in Pinellas County have died from causes that were 100% preventable due to infant unsafe sleep practices, drowning, or abusive head trauma. JWB and our partners are working collectively to prevent these needless deaths – because one preventable death of a child is one too many.

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    Trained on Prevent Needless Deaths campaign

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    Safe Sleep Welcome Baby Bags distributed at birthing hospitals

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    Received free water safety & swim lessons last year

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    Partner agencies working collectively on campaign

Prevent Needless Deaths Campaign

In 2015, a group of committed partners joined JWB to tackle the three leading causes of preventable child deaths for young children: suffocation due to unsafe sleep practices, drowning, and abusive head trauma. Together, we joined Tampa Bay partners to launch the Prevent Needless Deaths Campaign, raising awareness and training thousands on the campaign’s facts and safety tips. The planning team also mapped and analyzed data to create a more targeted effort called Sleep Baby Safely, which is aimed at preventing sleep-related suffocation deaths of babies.

Our Partners

Bayfront Hospital - Bayfront Baby Place
Children’s Home Network Kinship Program
Community Health Centers of Pinellas
Directions for Living
District Six Medical Examiner’s Office
Eckerd Kids
Florida Department of Children and Families
FDOH Pinellas – Healthy Families
FDOH Pinellas – Florida Healthy Babies
FDOH Pinellas – WIC
FDOH Pinellas – Child Care Licensing
FDOH Pinellas – Vital Statistics
Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services
Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
Lutheran Services Florida
Mease Countryside Hospital
Morton Plant Hospital
Operation PAR
PEMHS
Pinellas County EMS - Medical Director’s Office
Pinellas County Government
Pinellas County Schools
Pinellas County Sheriff’s - Child Protection Investigations
R’ Club Child Care
St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
St. Petersburg General Hospital
Staywell/Wellcare
Suncoast Center - Children’s Advocacy Center
USF St. Petersburg - Infant Family Mental Health
YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg
YMCA of the Suncoast

Preventable Child Death Resources

Sleep Baby Safely - Key Messaging
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2015 JWB Collective Initiatives Booklet
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2016 JWB Collective Initiative Booklet
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Prevent Needless Deaths Flyer - in English
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Prevent Needless Deaths Flyer - in Spanish
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