CEO Update
Health Leadership Fellows CALL to Action
This week, I attended the Health Leadership Fellows CALL to Action meeting in Buffalo. The latest session was a great opportunity to work with graduate Fellows to develop collaborative projects that promise to turn the curve on barriers to achieving better health care and health outcomes for older adults and young children impacted by poverty. We are looking to take my team’s project, Cribs for Kids, and expand it into Erie County. To kick this off, the team will be holding an Infant Safe Sleep Summit in January 2020 to coordinate and build upon our current efforts in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. The overarching goal is to end infant deaths to unsafe sleep conditions in our region, and I want to thank my fellow team members and the Foundation for joining this mission.
East Hill Foundation Supports Cribs for Kids
I’m proud to say we have also received more great news regarding our infant safe-sleep efforts. The East Hill Foundation recently awarded our Cribs for Kids program a grant totaling over $6,500. It will help us to purchase another allotment of safe Pack ’n Play cribs and fitted sheets for parents/caregivers in need in our counties. While the program is meant to provide safe cribs to families who can’t afford a safe sleeping space for their infants, the true goal is to enhance safe-sleep education all across our catchment. Since the launch of our regional program in 2016, we have educated more than 550 parents/caregivers in need and distributed more than 430 cribs.

I’d like to thank the East Hill Foundation, a wonderful family-run organization, whose philanthropy enhances quality of life for Western New York residents. I also thank our 22 Safe Sleep Ambassador agencies and dedicated program staff that make Cribs for Kids a success across each of our counties. If you know of anyone needing assistance from this program, we urge them to fill out a crib application or call (716) 372-0614.
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