The NICHD maintains and is involved in a number of health communication campaigns and programs. For more information on each project, please visit its Web site.
The Safe to Sleep® campaign seeks to educate parents and caregivers about the importance of placing healthy babies on their backs to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The campaign also describes other ways to reduce the risk of SIDS. The NICHD offers the CE Program on SIDS Risk Reduction: Curriculum for Nurses for CE credit, as well as dissemination materials for nursing CE partners, and the SIDS Risk Reduction: CE Activity for Pharmacists.
Cochrane Neonatal Reviews are an effort to relay technical and research information to health care providers, researchers, and interested publics. These reviews provide efficient access to current evidence in neonatology and help to reduce the gap between the time when a treatment's effectiveness and safety is established in research and its routine use by health care providers. Please note that this information is highly technical and is intended to help neonatologists, researchers designing clinical trials, funding agencies, and individuals making decisions about the allocation of resources for neonatal care make more informed decisions specific to medical practices in neonatology.
The Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active program is an interactive after-school education program for young people ages 11 to 13 that teaches them to analyze, evaluate, and create media messages-skills that can help them make smart, positive choices about nutrition and physical activity every day.
The NICHD's National Child and Maternal Health Education Program (NCMHEP) provides a forum for reviewing, translating, and disseminating new research in the field of maternal and child health through a coalition of the nation's most prominent health care provider associations, federal agencies, nonprofit maternal and child health organizations, and other partners.
We Can!—a national education program to help prevent overweight and obesity among youth ages 8 to 13, provides resources and community-based programs for parents, caregivers, and youth that focus on behaviors to encourage healthy eating, increase physical activity, and reduce sedentary time. The program was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and is conducted in collaboration with the NICHD, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Cancer Institute, and several national private sector organizations.