Too many babies in the U.S. are lost every year to sleep-related deaths that might have been prevented. OU Medicine will lead a discussion with healthcare leaders to discuss strategies to help reduce the risk.

While there have been dramatic improvements in the past decade, there are still more than 3,500 sleep-related deaths each year. OU Medicine presents Remarkable Conversations: Safe Sleep in Infants, June 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at The Children’s Hospital, 1200 Children’s Avenue, Oklahoma City.

Speakers and panelists will include:

• Ali Dodd, MPT, Founder of Shepard’s Watch

• Kate Brashears, DNP, APRN, PC-PNP, community advocate and assistant professor of nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma

• Elza Pollak-Christian, M.D., neonatologist at The Children’s Hospital

• Tena J. Fry, DNP, IBCLC, APRN, Lactation Consultant, Women’s and Newborn Services, The Children’s Hospital

• Representative from the Oklahoma State Department of Health

OU Medicine’s Remarkable Conversation event series brings experts, community advocates and educators, together to lead thoughtful conversations on relevant topics that affect Oklahomans.

For more information about Remarkable Conversations: Safe Sleep in Infants, contact Kelli Hayward-Walsh at or 405-271-8001 ext. 54021.

Caleb Slinkard was hired as the editor of the Norman Transcript in August of 2015. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce and previously was in charge of several newspapers in northeast Texas.