LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Sisters United, Brothers United, the Safe Sleep Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network and the Arkansas Department of Health will host Safe Sleep events.


At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Arkansas State Capitol Governor’s Conference Room, Hutchinson will proclaim September as Arkansas Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month, according to a news release from the health department.


The Safe Sleep Awareness Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the War Memorial North Lawn Walking Trail, according to the release.


On-site registration for the walk will be at 9:30 a.m. A community forum on infant safe sleep will be at 10:05 a.m. and the walk will officially start at 11 a.m.


“In 2016, approximately 300 infants in Arkansas died before their first birthday and nearly one quarter of the deaths were sudden, unexpected infant deaths (SUID), a majority of which were sleep-related,” according to the release. “Hospitals, state agencies, community organizations, and other partners are crucial in promoting the American Academy of Pediatrics’ safe sleep recommendations.”