Reducing African American child deaths in Sacramento County

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