Prevention and Preparedness

Included Projects & Programs:


The B-SAFE Program

Every year in the United States, there are about 3,500 cases of sudden unexpected infant death syndrome (SUIDS). Sudden infant death is the third leading cause of infant death in the United States. These deaths often happen during sleep or in an infants sleep area, often for reasons which are unexpected. Bartlett Regional Hospital implemented the B-SAFE Program to educate families about safe infant sleep and reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. The B-SAFE Program encompasses a baby box which is provided and used as a safe sleep surface for infants. These baby boxes are cardboard boxes with a fitted mattress and sheet which infants can sleep in for up to six months. Also included in these are baby clothes, breast pads, a nursing scarf, hooded towel, and other essential baby items. Every baby born at Bartlett receives a safe sleeping space and safe sleep educational materials.

Infant safe sleep programs have been popping up all around the world. Multiple U.S. states are funding safe sleep programs like this and giving out baby boxes as a safe sleep surfaces as well. Alabama, New Jersey and Ohio to list a few, have state funded programs to help families become educated on safe sleep for their infant.

This program is important to our community because it educates and promotes safe infant sleep in an effort to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death syndrome. We’re located in a geographically remote area with a population of diverse means. The Bartlett Foundation’s overall goal is to reduce infant mortality in the areas served by Bartlett Regional Hospital by providing safe sleep education. We want to give expectant mothers the very best start for their babies, enabling them to reduce stress and feel confident that they are well prepared for this new and exciting chapter in their life. The B-SAFE Program teaches and offers infant safe sleep to new families. The baby box is innovative in many ways, including the fact that it can essentially be taken anywhere. You are able to move the baby box as you please to fit your lifestyle as well as keep a close eye on your baby. The baby box provides a safe sleep surface to those who otherwise would not have one. Living conditions differ for everyone which is why we believe that the baby box gives options for all.


Health Matters Diabetes Education

This program gives you tools to use in your everyday life and is a yearlong commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Class attendance is required in order to reap the benefits as well as increase your exercise for a goal weight loss of 5-7% at the completion of the course. Courses teach healthy portion sizes and nutritional options for any lifestyle. Class meets every week for 16 weeks, then every other week over the course of the year.

More than 30 million people have diabetes in the U.S. and only around 1 in 4 of those people know it. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. In 2018, we began funding for Health Matters Type 2 Diabetes Education. In November of 2018 we received a certificate of recognition from the CDC, recognizing Health Matters nationally, as a standard education course.

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To see if this program is right for you call Cynthia Nickerson RN, CDE, CMC at 907 - 796 - 8649

Bartlett Adult & Adolescent Stabilization 

Adolescents in Juneau, Alaska have limited options when it comes to mental health treatment. When a child or adolescent experiences a mental health crisis they will be sent out of state or to Anchorage, often without their families. However, this is no longer the only option, thanks to the recent addition of the Youth Stabilization Room. The Youth Stabilization Room is a safe space for an adolescent to access care for their mental health crisis. Upon the creation of this room, Bradley Grigg, Chief Behavioral Officer, has planned to create an entire stabilization facility for next year. The facility will have the ability to hold up to four adults and four children and will greatly increase access for mental health care in Juneau. The Proposed two story building would offer new and expanded services to serve adolescents (10-17) and adults (18+) in two separate programs. The programs, based on age, have two separate entrances keeping the adolescents separate from the adults. The following services will be provided: Psychiatric services, medication administration, and crisis intervention/ stabilization services.



Living in Southeast, Alaska we are only accessible by boat and plane, which in the event of a disaster those likely may not make it to us. This is why we raised funds for emergency food and water donations for Bartlett Regional Hospital in 2018, so the hospital will be able to continue to function in the event of a disaster. All food and water donated need not be refrigerated or frozen this is because in the event that we wouldn't be able to regain electricity or only be able to use limited amounts, Bartlett will be able to use it to further help patients, rather than store excess amounts of food.