Gathering for GLORY: Giving Love to Our Rising Youth
Where Faith and Action Meet to Prevent Child Deaths
What: The Black Child Legacy Campaign will host Gathering for GLORY: Giving Love to Our Rising Youth at South Sacramento Christian Center, a conference to discuss and outline prevention and intervention steps that can be taken to reduce child deaths, with an emphasis on how the faith community can connect to this work. Over 400 community residents are expected to attend, including representatives from churches, nonprofit organizations and youth to discuss prevention and intervention strategies focused on health, safety and well-being. Participants will hear from Dr. Michael Brandon McCormack, Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville and Dr. Flojaune G. Cofer, Research and State Policy Manager with Public Health Advocates and a number of expert panels supported by members of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths. Attendees will participate in workshops and group discussions to create next step action plans for the seven neighborhoods with the highest disproportionate number of African American deaths. This conference will provide real strategies for real communities.
Why: According to the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team, the African American child death rate was twice the average of the overall child death rate during the period from 1990 to 2009. The Sacramento faith community needs to be connected to the work that serves the people in their neighborhoods. The event will be held in April during Child Abuse Prevention Month, with an effort to connect the faith community to the issues that impact the people they serve.
· Dr. Michael Brandon McCormack, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
· Dr. Flojaune G. Cofer, Research and State Policy Manager, Public Health Advocates
· Dr. Natalie Woods Andrews, Director, Early Learning Department, Sacramento County Office of Education and Co-chair, Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths
· Les Simmons, Pastor, South Sacramento Christian Center
· Member of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths
· More than 400 community members
When: Thursday, April 20, 2017; 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: South Sacramento Christian Center
7710 Stockton Boulevard
Sacramento, California 95823
About us: The Black Child Legacy Campaign is raising visibility and strengthening collective impact efforts of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths to reduce the number of child mortalities. To learn more, visit: www.blackchildlegacy.org and www.shfcenter.org/raacd.