Supervisors weigh funds to cut black kids' deaths

05/07/2013 12:00 AM

05/07/2013 8:01 AM

Sacramento County supervisors will consider a request today to spend $100,000 a year in an effort to reduce deaths among African American youths.

A "blue-ribbon" commission put together by Supervisor Phil Serna is making the proposal after studying the causes of such deaths.

The committee was formed after a report in 2011 found that African American children were almost twice as likely to die as white children in the county.

The committee wants to address four issues that are tied to the leading causes of death among African American children: homicides, infant sleep-related deaths, child abuse and neglect, and perinatal conditions.

The proposal also calls for matching funds from First 5 Sacramento and from hospital and other foundations.

The commission wants to use public education, direct services, data evaluation and policy decisions to address the problem.

Call The Bee's Brad Branan, (916) 321-1065. Follow him on Twitter @bradb_at_sacbee.

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