RAACD Steering Committee Mission

The Reduction of African American Child Deaths Steering Committee is a community-driven body of dedicated individuals working together on an effort to reduce deaths among African American children by between 10 percent and 20 percent by 2020 in Sacramento County.

The Committee was established by a resolution of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in June 2013. Its ultimate charge is to provide coordination and oversight of efforts, create a strategic plan, monitor implementation, evaluate, and report on progress toward reducing the disproportional number of African American child deaths. The Steering Committee’s efforts focus on four issue areas:

  1. Homicide related to Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN Homicide)
  2. Third Party Homicide
  3. Deaths related to Perinatal Conditions
  4. Infant Sleep Related Deaths

The Steering Committee works collaboratively to:

  1. Serve in a public leadership role to engage and mobilize the community to make sustainable change to achieve a reduction in preventable African American child deaths
  2. Organize an infrastructure for the coordination of county-wide efforts
  3. Build mechanisms to facilitate on-going community outreach, education and involvement
  4. Create a strategic plan
  5. Develop and monitor an implementation plan
  6. Develop and monitor a data collection and evaluation plan
  7. In collaboration with the Child Abuse Prevention Council, provide annual progress reports to the Board of Supervisors
  8. Advise participating entities on public education campaigns, direct service delivery and policy matters
  9. Seek funding to sustain the effort


In 2011, Supervisor Phil Serna convened the Blue Ribbon Commission on Disproportionate African American Child Deaths. Alarmed that in Sacramento County African American children die at very disproportional rates compared to other children, the Commission was an effort to activate the Sacramento community and engage resources to do something about it.

The Steering Committee is funded by the County of Sacramento and First 5 Sacramento, and is managed by the Center for Health Program Management.