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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    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
  • 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

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Safe Sleep Pledge

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Safe Sleep Video

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Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect

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