African American children in Sacramento County are dying at a disproportionate rate:
• They are twice as likely as Caucasian children to die from a variety of causes before their 18th birthday.
• They represent 12% of our population and 22% of all child deaths.
• Deaths caused by third party homicide, infant sleep related deaths, child abuse and neglect homicides, perinatal conditions, and suicide contribute most to the wide disparity.
The public is invited to the third in a series of community meetings to hear from experts in child protection the alarming statistics about African American child deaths in Sacramento.
When: Monday, July16, 2012 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Paratransit, Inc. in the Auditorium
2501 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95822 (parking is free)
Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna established a Blue Ribbon Commission to address the issue of disproportionate African American child deaths. The Commission will review data, investigate model programs in other communities, and seek broad community input.
For more information about the Blue Ribbon Commission, meeting minutes, and community input from previous meetings, visit www.philserna.net .