Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths

The Steering Committee is a community-driven body of dedicated individuals working 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. 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:

  1. Homicide Related to Child Abuse and Neglect
  2. Third Party Homicide
  3. Deaths Related to Perinatal Conditions
  4. 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.

Fact Sheet

Steering Committee Charter

Sacramento County Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Disproportionate African American Child Deaths 2013

Steering Committee Application

Black Child Legacy Campaign Community Indicator Report

The Steering Committee is funded by the County of Sacramento, City of Sacramento and First 5 Sacramento, and is managed by The Center.

Visit the Black Child Legacy Campaign web site


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.

Download the Annual Report

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.

Download the Annual Report

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.

Download the Annual Report

Implementation Plan for Sacramento County 2015-2020

RAACD Implementation Plan cover

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.

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African American Children Matter: What We Must Do Now

RAACD Strategic Plan cover

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.

Download the Strategic Plan

Member Updates

Gladys Deloney receives Innovations for Children Award

Sierra Health Foundation honored Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths member Gladys Deloney, Deputy Director of the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance, with the Innovations for Children Award.
Read the news release.
See a video about Ms. Deloney’s work.

Dr. Ethan Cutts and Diane Galati recognized for Infant Sleep Assessment Program

RAACD discussed on KVIE Public Television’s Studio Sacramento

Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO Chet Hewitt appeared on KVIE Public Television’s Studio Sacramento with host Scott Syphax and Dr. Nicole Clavo to discuss efforts of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths. Watch the program on the KVIE web site.

Community Mothers of 95838 unite to find solutions to community violence. Learn more.

Meeting Information

The Steering Committee meets bimonthly on the third Wednesday of the month from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Sierra Health Foundation, 1321 Garden Highway in Sacramento, unless otherwise posted. Steering Committee meetings are open to the public.

Meeting Calendar

2019 Steering Committee Meeting Calendar

2019 Full Meeting Calendar

Meeting Materials

Steering Committee Meetings

Workgroup Meetings

Join the Community Leadership Roundtable

CLR Informational Presentation

CLR Application Packet