Project for African American Infant Safety (PrAAIS)

Faculty Contact: Kathryn L. Moseley, MD, MPH, FAAP

Praais logo 200aBackground:
African American infants have a higher mortality rate in the first year of life than non-Hispanic White infants. Various educational materials have been used to help parents keep their infants safe at home, but the disparity persists. Educational materials tailored to parents specific barriers and beliefs have been more effective than non-tailored materials in creating behavior change in other areas.

Objectives:
The Project for African American Infant Safety (PrAAIS) is an NIH-funded grant to help African American parents keep their young infants safe, using tailored, multi-media educational materials.

Research Topics & Methods:
Dr. Kathryn Moseley will be recruiting African American parents of newborns in Detroit to participate in a randomized controlled trial of tailored educational materials on infant safety. Parents of newborns will be randomized to receive either tailored materials or standard, publically available infant safety materials. Parents will be interviewed by phone several times during the infant's first six months of life to determine their acceptance of the materials and their use of the recommended infant safety practices.

For more information, please contact:
Kathryn L. Moseley, MD, MPH, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics
University of Michigan Medical School
300 North Ingalls 6E05
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5456
Email: klmosele[at]med.umich[dot]edu