Gwen Moore

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Gwen Moore

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Endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Cribs for Kids, First Candle, Kids in Danger, SUDC Foundation, Within our Reach, Aaron Matthew SIDS Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital

Cosponsors: Clarke, Norton, Payne, Jr., Tim Ryan, Grijalva, Jackson Lee, DeLauro, Brady, Khanna, Watson Coleman


Dear Colleague: 

Please join us as an original cosponsor of the Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, which would improve the health of infants and children by strengthening efforts to better understand infant deaths and facilitating data collection to improve
prevention efforts.   

Every year, about 3,500 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly in the United States before reaching their first birthday. Sadly, grieving parents and family members are often left without answers regarding the cause of death of their infant or child. Currently,
there are no nationwide standards for the investigations, autopsies, or collection of data following an infant or child death. In many cases, this leads to inadequate, inconsistent, and incomplete information, making it more difficult to determine causes of
deaths and strategies for preventing these tragedies. 

The Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act would supply grants to increase support to states, municipalities, and nonprofits for improving data collection; improve death scene investigations through training; increase education and awareness
about safe sleep practices and preventing infant deaths; provides grants to ensure death reviews are completed for 100 percent of infant and child deaths; and expand support services for grieving families who have experienced the loss of an infant or child. 

This bill is a major step in the right direction of preventing these deaths.  

If you would like more information or would like to become a cosponsor of this important legislation, please contact Tatiana Calderon in my office at


Gwen S. Moore

Tom Cole

Jaime Herrera Beutler

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