South Lane Leadership
Mary Nisewander, Co-chair
Davide Costley, Co-chair
Rachel Nordquist, Coordinator
Our Work in South Lane
South Lane has been at the forefront of 90by30's child abuse efforts since Day 1. The first team to finish its prevention plan and the first to roll out a strategy - the Welcome Baby Box - it is paving the way for other areas of the county. The Welcome Baby Box, modeled after a similar box in Finland with a 75-year history of reducing infant mortality rates, is free to any infant born in South Lane. It contains diapers, clothes, wipes, and other physical necessitites - as well as a guide to community resources available to families. The box strengthens social connections between parents and the rest of the community, and provides a safe "Smitten Sleep System" that reduces the risk of SIDS.
What else is planned for South Lane? The timeline is ambitious:
The team launched the prevention planning process by collecting data on community attitudes toward child abuse and its prevention. Team members collected 200 community surveys, asking South Lane residents questions like "Do you think your neighborhood watches out for kids?" and "Do you think we can reduce child abuse in this community?" With this information in hand, they "mapped" the assets and gaps in community resources and then turned their attention to filling those gaps and bolstering - not duplicating or reinventing - the current strengths.
A diverse group of South Lane residents came together to select a blend of strategies that specifically addressed the needs of their community. South's choices were different from West Lane's and North Lane's - and we think that's a good thing. These are strategies designed to work for in the immediate communities for which they were chosen. Strategies selected by multiple regions, like the Baby Box and Roots of Empathy, a school-based program which teaches children empathy through interactions with an infant, are both universal in their merit and adaptable to each region. South Lane is exciting to launch Roots of Empathy in several local elementary schools in Fall 2018.
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