March 18th, 2016
A group of mothers from the Del Paso Heights and Strawberry Manor communities in Sacramento met at Sierra Health Foundation on March 17 to voice their concerns and unite to find solutions to violence in their neighborhoods. These community mothers of 95838 shared their stories of how they and their families have been affected by violence, and vowed to take back their community to ensure children are able to grow up safe and healthy.
This convening was a part of the Reducing African American Child Deaths (RAACD) effort. The Steering Committee on RAACD is a community-driven body of dedicated individuals working together to reduce deaths among African American children by between 10 percent and 20 percent by 2020 in Sacramento County. The Committee was established by a resolution of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in June 2013.
In April 2013, the Sacramento Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Disproportionate African American Child Deaths described the 20-year problem of disproportionate African American child mortality in Sacramento County, recommended the adoption of the goal of reducing African American child deaths, outlined potential approaches to achieving the goal and established the Steering Committee on RAACD.
The Steering Committee on RAACD is funded by the County of Sacramento and First 5 Sacramento, and is managed by the Center for Health Program Management.
Read Del Paso Heights mothers join battle against violence, child deaths in The Sacramento Bee.
Learn more about the Steering Committee on RAACD on the Center for Health Program Management web site.