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RFP--ONF Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Program

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) launched a Request for Applications aimed to expand its Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) program by offering start-up support for health care facilities and communities interested in implementing this best practice intervention.    The primary goal of the ONF is to prevent and reduce the incidence of Inflicted Infant Head Trauma (also known as Shaken Baby Syndrome) by working with a greater number of partners involved in providing information, education and training to parents and caregivers.

The purpose of this project is to broaden and evaluate the implementation of the Upstate New York Shaken Baby Prevention Program, described as the best practice in Volpe and Lewko (2004).
The major strength of The Upstate New York Shaken Baby Prevention Program lies in its simplicity and ease of implementation. The educational program is short and easy to introduce to parents - making it straightforward for very busy neonatal nurses and educators to put into practice (Diaz, 2001; 2002).  Another strength of the program is its focus on both parents: close attention being paid to educating fathers and father figures, who in fact perpetrate 60 percent of shaken baby cases.   
The Upstate New York Shaken Baby Prevention Program has achieved a 42% reduction of Shaken Baby Syndrome incidence in New York State. To date it is the only SBS prevention program that has scientifically demonstrated an actual large-scale comparative reduction of the incidence of SBS.   This program has now achieved its sixth year of incidence reduction in New York State and has had widespread use throughout North America.  
The implementation of the SBS Prevention Program offers the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation a valuable opportunity to fulfill its mandate and elaborate its unique approach to strategic grant
making characterized by employment of evidence, use of best practices, implementation
evaluation, and project stewardship.
You can find the Request for Applications on our website at and the application form,

 The deadline for online application is March 2, 2009, at 4:00 p.m.