Safe Kids Kansas Protects Infants with Support from Barclay-Giel Seed Grant


Coalition Supports Safe Sleep for Kansas Infants

TOPEKA – Safe Kids Kansas is a recipient of the Barclay-Giel seed grant program from the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health (COF). The grant provides the coalition support for safe sleep education, including 100 portable cribs and wearable blankets for low-income families. Through a partnership with the Kansas Infant Death and SIDS (KIDS) Network, these portable cribs and wearable blankets were distributed.

Safe Kids Kansas partners with organizations, such as KIDS Network, hospitals, health departments and state agencies, to reach families identified as at-risk for infant death due to unsafe sleep environments and practices. The program reaches families with education based on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Safe Sleep recommendations and provides resources to help ensure a safe place for their baby to sleep. KIDS Network Certified Safe Sleep Instructors provide standardized safe sleep training for families and caregivers through Community Baby Showers and Crib Clinics.

In Kansas, the Kansas Child Death Review Board reports that of the 43 sleep-related infant deaths in 2018, 86% occurred when the infant was sleeping in a place other than a safety-approved crib or bassinet, and 65% were bed-sharing or couch-sharing.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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