Black Child Legacy Campaign

The Work

The Work




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 reduce:


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. 




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)