Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths
Apply to join the Steering Committee!
We are accepting applications for appointment to Sacramento County’s Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths. Applications are due by Monday, July 31, 2023.
The Steering Committee is a community-driven body of dedicated individuals working to reduce deaths among African American children in Sacramento County.
The Committee was established by a resolution of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in June 2013. Its ultimate charge is to provide coordination and oversight of efforts, create a strategic plan, monitor implementation, evaluate and report on progress toward reducing the disproportional number of African American child deaths. The Steering Committee’s efforts focus on four issue areas:
- Homicide Related to Child Abuse and Neglect
- Third-Party Homicide
- Deaths Related to Perinatal Conditions
- Infant Sleep-Related Deaths
In 2011, Supervisor Phil Serna convened the Blue Ribbon Commission on Disproportionate African American Child Deaths. Alarmed that in Sacramento County African American children die at very disproportional rates compared to other children, the Commission was an effort to activate the Sacramento community and engage resources to do something about it.
The Steering Committee is funded by the County of Sacramento, City of Sacramento and First 5 Sacramento, and is managed by The Center.
Black Child Legacy Campaign
The Black Child Legacy Campaign is the community-driven movement established by the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths.
Visit the Black Child Legacy Campaign website.
Steering Committee meetings are being held via videoconference until further notice.
The Steering Committee meets bimonthly on the third Wednesday of the month from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Steering Committee meetings are open to the public.
2023 Steering Committee Meeting Dates
- January 27
- March 15 — Cancelled
- May 17
- July 19
- September 20
- November 15
Transformative Justice Community
This report is the result of a two-year evaluation conducted by researchers at UC Davis and Sacramento State University. It provides evidence of the effectiveness of the strategies in building a sustainable system of support to protect children from preventable deaths.
Five-Year Report 2020
The Black Child Legacy Campaign’s progress through its first five years has been inspiring on many fronts. Most importantly, the work of community partners shows that powerful change can happen when many different organizations align their talents and focus on a common goal.
Community Indicator Report – Presenting 2017 Data
The annual Community Indicator Report presents a set of core community indicators, including the leading causes of child death, to inform the work of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths and its community partners. This report updates the progress of the initiative county-wide with 2017 data.
2018 Annual Report
This report tells the story of the coordinated efforts within seven Sacramento County neighborhoods to meet or exceed the goal of reducing African American child death rates from 10-20% by 2020 and to bring the vision for health and well-being for all children to fruition.
2016-2017 Annual Report
This report includes numbers that indicate encouraging movement in the effort to reduce African American child deaths by 10% to 20% in Sacramento County by 2020.
2015-2016 Annual Report
Sacramento County’s Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths began execution of its strategic implementation plan in fall 2015. This report details the plan’s benchmarks and how they were met.
Implementation Plan for Sacramento County 2015-2020
This implementation plan, a follow up to the Steering Committee’s strategic plan, provides detailed programmatic steps to be undertaken to reduce the number of African American child deaths by 10% to 20% over a five-year period.
African American Children Matter: What We Must Do Now
The Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths submitted this Strategic Plan in response to the recommendations from Sacramento County’s Blue Ribbon Commission.