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November 2, 2012

ULM professor presents for Children’s Coalition

Dr. Pamela Higgins Saulsberry, professor and director of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently presented at two educational events concentrating on helping children and families.

The Cradle to Prison Pipeline Louisiana Summit titled “A State of Urgency: Pursuing Justice for Children & Families in Louisiana,” was a three-day summit held in Baton Rouge presented by Children's Defense Fund of Louisiana.

Saulsberry presented “Poverty Matters: What's Working to Help Families and Children in Louisiana.”

Dr. Sam Robison, research associate for the Office of Social Service Research & Development at Louisiana State University, and Dr. Judith Rhodes, assistant professor of Research at LSU presented with Saulsberry.

Saulsberry also presented at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana’s Safe Sleep Summit in West Monroe.

The keynote speaker was internationally recognized expert in sudden infant death syndrome, Dr. Rachel Moon. 

Saulsberry presented, “Safe Sleep: Addressing Racial and Generational Disparities.” According to Saulsberry, The Children's Coalition for NELA is concerned with the issue of SIDS because roughly 80 infants die of SIDS in Louisiana each year.

Saulsberry serves on the Regional Child Death Review Team which examines the causes of deaths in children 14 years of age and under.

“The incidence of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death disproportionally occur in poor and non-white populations,” said Saulsberry.

“As a result, there is a continuing effort to educate the public on the issue of safe sleep environments. This campaign includes the dissemination of information in the form of summits, pamphlets, media presentations, and medical settings. The goal is to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.”

Saulsberry has taught at ULM for over 30 years.

She received her B.A. from Colorado State University, an M.S.W. from Denver University, and a Ph.D. from Jackson State University.

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