Healthy Texas Babies


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March 14-20, 2022 is Safer Sleep Week. This week we encourage you to promote Safe Sleep Awareness with your networks. Our goal for this week is to reach as many individuals as possible to equip families with knowledge and resources to support safe sleep practices for infants in Texas. Please visit Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' Social Media Toolkit on Safe Sleep Awareness. This toolkit includes daily messages to use in promoting Safe Sleep awareness, resources, and sample Safer Sleep Week posts.

Healthy Texas Babies Vision:
For all Texas babies to have a healthy, happy first birthday.

The Healthy Texas Babies initiative was developed to help Texas communities decrease infant mortality using evidence-based interventions. It involves community stakeholders, healthcare providers, and insurance companies. A reduction in infant mortality will improve the health of Texas babies and mothers and has the potential to save millions of dollars in healthcare costs.

Healthy Texas Babies goals:

  • To provide local partnerships and coalitions with major roles in shaping programs in their communities to reduce infant mortality using evidence-based interventions.
  • To reduce disparities in poor birth outcomes and maternal and infant mortality among Texans using participatory models of programming.
  • To reduce preterm birth in Texas by 8% over two years.

This website is designed for multiple users:


Make a difference in infant mortality and preterm birth in your community. Follow the links above to learn more about the state of infant mortality in Texas, find tools you can use in your work and learn more about resources available to communities.


Contact Us

Texas Department of State Health Services
Maternal & Child Health
Mail Code 1922
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347

Phone: (512) 776-7373
Fax: (512) 776-7658

Visit the DSHS Maternal and Child Health website:

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Last updated March 11, 2022