Collaborate with a great group of people, organizations, and community service providers to:
1. Reduce disparities and move families to greater safety, self-sufficiency, independence, improved mental and physical health through the effective use of available resources and collaboration.
2. Identify unmet needs/gaps in service (shelter, food, health care) and recommend innovative solutions to service providers.
3. View, assess, and serve families in a holistic manner, which identifies their strengths and empowers them to work together towards greater safety, self-sufficiency, independence and improved mental and physical health.
4. Assist families to build a sense of trust and connectivity by working with the community and and the lead incubators to improve safety in seven neighborhoods most affected by a disproportionate amount of preventable deaths of African American child deaths and remove barriers to needed resources.
Work to prevent:
1. Deaths due to perinatal conditions span the time period from the second trimester of pregnancy (20th - 28th week) through one month after birth. Low birth weight, premature birth and more are considered perinatal conditions. 81 % (66 of 77) of infants who died of perinatal conditions in 2013 & 2014 were known to have risk factors present at their time of death. (Pg. 25 )
2. Infant sleep related deaths is an umbrella term used to describe all infant deaths that occur in a sleep environment. Of the 28 Infant sleep related deaths in 2013 & 2014, unsafe sleeping conditions were present in all of their situations. (Pg. 29)
3. In 2013-14, there were twice as many children (16) who died from neglect and abuse than there was in 2011-12. Children were beaten, experienced head trauma, drownings, suffocation, and more. 87% of the children who died at the hands of an abusive and/or neglectful parent were under the age of five. (Pg. XV)
4. There were 12 third party homicides of youth in Sacramento County in 2013-2014 and all of them had risk factors present. Third party homicides are murders perpetrated by someone other than a caregiver or family member. Seven of the 12 victims were between 15 and 17 years old. 83% (10 of 12) of decedents had a family history of violent and/or non-violent crime. 67% (8 of 12) of decedents had a family history of alcohol and/or other drug abuse. 58% (7 of 12) of decedents had illegal drugs or alcohol involved in their death. 50% (6 of 12) of decedents were gang members or were otherwise affiliated with gangs. 42% (5 of 12) of decedents had a family history of domestic violence. (pg 20)