New and expectant parents at the upcoming Infant Safety Expo will get the chance to spin the Wheel of Questions. Participants turn the wheel and it lands on a topic, either safe sleep, pregnancy, shaken baby, birth control, their choice or the jackpot. A public health nurse will ask the person a question related to that topic, and depending on their answer, provide information about it as well as a prize.

New and expectant parents at the upcoming Infant Safety Expo will get the chance to spin the Wheel of Questions. Participants turn the wheel and it lands on a topic, either safe sleep, pregnancy, shaken baby, birth control, their choice or the jackpot. A public health nurse will ask the person a question related to that topic, and depending on their answer, provide information about it as well as a prize.

Photo provided by Lillian Schreiber


RARE to host infant safety expo

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 30, 2019

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ROSEVILLE — New and expecting parents are invited to the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe to acquire some resources and learn some tips for keeping their infants safe.

RARE, located at 18185 Sycamore St., will host an infant safety expo from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The program will focus on topics such as best sleep practices, proper car seat use and infant health.

A catered meal will be provided and participants will have a chance to win prizes. The event is run by the Macomb County Health Department and is designed for anyone caring for a child younger than 1.

“The Macomb County Health Department has a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to prevent infant deaths by educating the community on infant safe sleep,” Lillian Schrieber, the public health services coordinator for the Macomb County Health Department, wrote in an email. “Our Infant Safety Expos are three-hour events to provide education on infant safe sleep, car seat safety, and give information on community resources that participants can take advantage of.”

RARE has little to do with the event other than hosting the program.

“People can reserve a seat for the expo at www.macombgov.org,” said RARE Director Tony Lipinski. “It’s being put on by the Macomb County Health Department, not us, but we think it’s a great program. … We hope people attend.”

Those interested also can register by calling (586) 469-5520. Seating is limited and anyone planning to attend must RSVP.

“Our Health Department staff will be doing two 30-minute presentations — a public health nurse will be speaking about infant safe sleep and a health educator will be speaking about car seat safety,” wrote Schrieber. “Everyone will receive a meal, a gift bag and will have a chance to win a raffle prize at the end of the event. In addition, there will be approximately 30 tables of representatives from a variety of agencies and hospitals who will explain their services to the participants. … Some representatives have chosen to have educational demonstrations at their tables as participants stop by.” 

Organizers said the primary focus of the expo is infant safe sleep practices and car seat safety. The goal is to decrease the number of infant deaths and injuries in Macomb County due to unsafe sleep environments and improper use of car seats.

They added that it also is an opportunity for parents to ask child care experts questions and pick up some free items to help keep their babies safe.

“These free expos provide an opportunity to learn about the topics mentioned above as well as learn about community resources that can be extremely helpful to them,” Schrieber wrote. “Many people are unaware of the types of resources and supportive services in our county. This is a great way for them to ask questions, get information directly from multiple programs at the same time, and receive some very nice free items in the gift bags such as an infant sleepsack and a certificate to attend parenting classes for free.”

More than 30 organizations will be sending representatives to the expo, including several hospitals and clinics, home-visiting programs, and groups such as Care of Southeastern Michigan and Turning Point.

Schieber stated that the lessons presented at the expo are of the utmost importance.

“Infant deaths due to unsafe sleep environments and improper car seat use are 100% preventable, but unfortunately, they are still happening,” she wrote. “It is vital to give parents this information so they can prevent these deaths, and also, so they can share this information with others who are caring for their babies or have babies of their own. Sharing information with friends and family is very powerful.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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