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County Executive McCoy, Safe Sleeping Task Force and Health Care Partners Celebrate Safe Sleep Day

County Executive McCoy, Safe Sleeping Task Force and Health Care Partners Celebrate Safe Sleep Day

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Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy joined members of the Safe Sleeping Task Force and health care providers to recognize National Baby Safety Month and to proclaim today Safe Sleep Day in Albany County.
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy joined members of the Safe Sleeping Task Force and health care providers to recognize National Baby Safety Month and to proclaim today Safe Sleep Day in Albany County.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
County Executive McCoy, Safe Sleeping Task Force andHealth Care Partners Celebrate Safe Sleep Day
 Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today joined members of his Safe Sleeping TaskForce and health care providers to announce the accomplishments of the task force since itslaunch in March as well as to recognize National Baby Safety Month and to proclaim today SafeSleep Day in Albany County.The Task Force was formed by the County Executive in March and has developed a wide
ranging public education effort to prevent infant deaths due to “unsafe sleeping,” which can
occur when an adult shares a bed with an infant and rolls over onto them which can lead to thedeath of the child. The County Exec
utive’s comprehensive approach utilizes the expertise of 
community partners and health care providers to prevent infant deaths in the county due to
“unsafe sleeping.”The recommendations put forth by the Task Force will also be used by county’s Child Fat
alityReview Team (CFRT) to develop additional ways to prevent infant deaths in the county due to
“unsafe sleeping.” Since 2009, 12 infant deaths reviewed by the CFRT have been directlyattributed to “unsafe sleeping.” That represented 75 percent of the
child fatality cases reviewedby the team.
“Keeping kids safe and healthy is my priority,” said McCoy. “I am pleased to see that the Task
Force has executed an aggressive agenda toward that end. I also want to thank our health carepartners for integrating safe sleeping information into their maternity wards. Being informed andgetting the word out is paramount. We will continue to work with our partners to make sure weinform parents about the potential risks of co-
sleeping with their baby.”“Coun
ty Executive McCoy has been an important partner in developing information that healthcare providers from Albany Med and throughout our region can use to help new parents keeptheir babi
es safe,” said James J. Barba, P
resident and CEO of Albany Medical Ce
nter. “On
behalf of all the doctors, nurses and staff who care for new parents and babies at Albany Med, Iam grateful for the important contributions the Safe Sleeping Task Force has made and willcontinue to make to protect newborns and young children in
our region.”
 

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