SACRAMENTO – Did you know that African American children in Sacramento County are dying at a disproportionate rate?

County Supervisor Phil Serna, Tina Roberts, Edward Lewis, Tyrone Netters and First 5 will facilitate the Blue Ribbon Commission on the disproportionate rate of African American child deaths this evening. The goal: to help improve the safety and well-being of children in the community.

The members of the commission will hold the parent focus group at the Roberts Family Development Center in North Sacramento, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Commission will review data, investigate model programs in other communities, hear from experts in child protection and well-being, and seek broad community input. The Commission will report to the Board of Supervisors with recommendations and findings in early 2013.
African American children in the county of Sacramento are:

  • Twice as likely as Caucasian children to die from a variety of causes before their 18th birthday.
  • Represent 12 percent of the population and 22 percent of all child deaths.
  • Deaths caused by third party homicide, infant sleep related deaths, child abuse and neglect homicides, perinatal conditions, and suicide contribute most to the wide disparity.

The Blue Ribbon Commission asks ‘What can be done to change these realities?

The Roberts Family Development Center is located at 777 Darina Avenue. For more information, call Tina Roberts at 916-646-6631.