Reducing African American child deaths in Sacramento County

Baby photoI’m proud to be involved in many various initiatives as your supervisor and chair of the First 5 Commission. Today we heard encouraging results from our effort to reduce African American child deaths in Sacramento County. Working with an army of thoughtful, caring and responsible non-profit partners, and community organizations to reduce Sacramento County’s African American childhood mortality rate, I can’t thank enough everyone involved including my colleagues and friends serving on the First 5 Commission, our incredible, dedicated staff at First 5 (especially Linda Fong-Somera), and our Executive Director, Julie Gallelo. I know how much we’ve all invested personally and professionally to get us to this point. There is still much work to do, but knowing we’re collectively making a difference, and that difference is measured in kids’ lives saved . . . . . it is profound and remarkable. Thank you to my community – you made this possible!

Read media stories: Black children die at a disproportionate rate in Sacramento County. Here’s why that rate has dropped 45 percent – The Sacramento Bee, December 4, 2018

Black Infant Death Rates Down In Sacramento Following Massive Community Efforts – Capital Public Radio, December 3, 2018


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