Community Launches Program & Announces Partners To Reduce African-American Child Deaths

RAACD-FB-Posts-1Approximately $2.1 million Awarded to New Community-Based Grantees Throughout Sacramento County

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RAACD) officially launches a county-wide initiative to reduce the number of Sacramento County’s African-American child deaths. During this community launch, key partners called Community Lead Incubators (CILs), community-based organizations that provide social services to local residents within each of the focus neighborhoods, were announced and each presented on services and resources they provide and their plans to further implement the efforts of the Steering Committee on RAACD. The CILs include:

  • Arden Arcade: Mutual Assistance Network – Arden Arcade Community Center
  • Fruitridge/Stockton Boulevard: Sacramento Building Healthy Communities HUB
  • North Sacramento/Del Paso Heights: Roberts Family Development Center
  • North Highlands/Foothill Farms: Liberty Towers Church of the Nazarene
  • Valley Hi: South Sacramento Christian Center
  • Oak Park: TBD in July
  • Meadowview: TBD in August; in response to the high-density population and large geography, the Steering Committee on RAACD voted (May 18, 2016) to separate the Meadowview/ Valley Hi neighborhood to provide more centric support.

Also announced at the launch were the community communications consultants, The Observer Media Group, the evaluation consultant, LPC Associates, Inc., and the members of the Community Leadership Roundtable who will serve as community liaisons to the Steering Committee.

Tragically, in Sacramento County, for the past 20 years, African American children die at two times the rate of other children. In 2013, following the Blue Ribbon Commission report, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors established the Steering Committee on RAACD, a community-driven body, to reduce deaths among African American children by 10 to 20 percent by 2020. Over the last two years the Steering Committee on RAACD has worked to create a strategic plan and implementation plan and have successfully secured $8.1 million over the next five years from the County and City of Sacramento for this work. This funding is in addition to the commitments made by the County’s First 5 Commission and its child welfare and probation departments.

The Steering Committee is funded by the County of Sacramento and First 5 Sacramento, and is managed by the Center for Health Program Management. More information on these efforts can be found on the Steering Committee on RAACD’s web page.