(Grand Rapids, Mich. – October 1, 2021) Priority Health, Michigan’s fastest growing health plan, announces that it is extending its support of the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank (MDDB) through the month of October, donating an additional 90,000 diapers to families in need. Further, Priority Health is donating 900 sleep sacks to the MDDB to encourage safe sleep practices and raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Since September, Priority Health has partnered with the MDDB and has already distributed 90,000 diapers to Metro Detroit families in need.
October is Safe Sleep and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. According to the CDC, nearly 3,400 babies in the United States die unexpectedly each year, and these deaths often happen during sleep or in a baby’s sleep area. The use of blankets is not recommended for babies less than a year old due to the risk of SIDS. Sleep sacks are encouraged as the better, safer alternative for keeping infants warm.
“We are happy to continue providing diapers for families in Southeast Michigan and are grateful for partners like the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank and the work they do to support our communities,” said Shannon Wilson, Vice President, State Markets East at Priority Health. “Infant health is a priority for us, and we’re thankful for this opportunity to not only bring awareness to safe sleep practices, but also provide resources for families to keep the most vulnerable members of our community protected.”
Each month, parents can make a request for diapers via the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank’s online form and select a specific pickup location, date and time. Families can also request a sleep sack at any of the MDDB’s 13 distribution sites throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Please see the MDDB website for more information.
Priority Health remains steadfast in its commitment to help improve the health and wellbeing of local communities. Previously, Priority Health supported the Battle Creek Family YMCA and St. Luke’s Diaper Bank to distribute nearly 240,000 diapers to families throughout Southwest Michigan.
About Priority Health:
With over 30 years in business, Priority Health is the second largest health plan in Michigan, offering a broad portfolio of health benefits options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Serving more than a million members each year and offering a broad network of primary care physicians in Michigan, Priority Health continues to be recognized as a leader for quality, customer service, transparency and product innovation. Learn more about affordable, quality health coverage options from Priority Health.