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Grimes joins Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky to raise awareness of infant head trauma, safe sleep practices

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Monday joined Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) to unveil their safety video that will be shared with new parents in hospitals across Kentucky.

“I want to congratulate Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, WellCare and the Kentucky Hospital Association for joining forces to help educate new parents, on the dangers of pediatric head trauma and the need for safe sleep practices,” said Grimes. “Every 4 days a baby in Kentucky dies in their sleep. This video will help to eradicate this statistic and ensure a safe environment for all of Kentucky’s kids.”

The video informs new parents about safe sleep practices and pediatric abusive head trauma. PCAK worked with WellCare Health Plans to sponsor the video and Kentucky Hospitals Association to distribute the video. The video will be distributed to every birthing center in Kentucky, reaching more than 50,000 new parents each year in more than 100 hospitals.

“Becoming a new parent can be both overwhelming and joyous,” said Donna Meador, Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Kentucky Hospital Association. “Our birthing hospitals are in an unique position to provide immediate support to new parents, and through this ground-breaking educational video, we can protect thousands of infant lives.”

Unfortunately, an infant in Kentucky is 70 times more likely to die from abusive head trauma, than they are from a motor vehicle accident.

“With 54,000 live births in Kentucky each year, we know there’s a significant audience of new parents that can benefit from learning how to keep their babies as safe as possible,” said Jill Seyfred, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky.

For more information visit pcaky.org.

From Secretary of State

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