New Report on Racial and Ethnic Trends in SUID
In a new report in Pediatrics, CDC scientists authored the first study examining racial and ethnic trends in sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) rates in the United States.
- Researchers observed racial/ethnic differences in SUID rates from 1995-2013.
- SUID rates were consistently highest for American Indian/Alaska Native infants, followed by non-Hispanic black infants.
- SUID rates for Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander infants were consistently lower than the rates for non-Hispanic white infants.
While the SUID rate has declined since the launch of the Back to Sleep campaign (now known as the Safe to Sleep® campaign) in 1994, significant differences continue to exist between racial and ethnic groups. It is important to develop culturally appropriate SUID prevention activities with communities at the highest risk.
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