The SIDS Center of New Jersey (SCNJ)

SCNJ is a program of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health in Hackensack. The program is funded in part by a Health Service grant from the New Jersey Department of Health to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a CJ Foundation grant to the Hackensack Meridian Health, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Established in 1988, the Mission of SCNJ is to:

  • Provide bereavement support to grieving families whose infants have died suddenly and unexpectedly
  • Study causes and risk factors associated with sudden infant deaths
  • Develop and present a wide-range of risk-reduction and preventive education programs, materials and other resources on safe infant sleep consistent with the evidence-based guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the needs in New Jersey that are identified through our research.

We work collaboratively with our colleagues in national programs such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep, a project of the Maternal Child Health Bureau, and have supported their mission through our clinical, educational and research initiatives. Research by the SCNJ contributed to both the 2011 and 2016 AAP policy statements regarding safe sleep practices to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths. Declines in Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) and improvements in safe infant sleep practices have resulted from these efforts. The SIDS Center of New Jersey remains committed to its mission to improve the health and safety of New Jersey’s infants and to working with New Jersey’s programs and institutions with a shared public health mission.

Statewide Hotline (800) 545-7437

Did you know about sids

  • Safe infant sleep practices reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths in the first 12 months of life, including accidental suffocation.
  • The SIDS Center of New Jersey follows the evidence-based safe sleep guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics in its education programs.
  • According to recently available national data (2013-2015), New Jersey has one of the lowest Sudden Unexpected Infant Death rates in the nation.