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LA County unhappy about changes to black infant health program




Kenisha Norwood, left, and her 3-year-old son Xavier attend a social support and empowerment class for pregnant mothers put on by Great Beginnings for Black Babies at Freeman Medical Arts Building on Monday, Feb. 23.
Kenisha Norwood, left, and her 3-year-old son Xavier attend a social support and empowerment class for pregnant mothers put on by Great Beginnings for Black Babies at Freeman Medical Arts Building on Monday, Feb. 23.
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Kenisha Norwood, left, and her 3-year-old son Xavier attend a social support and empowerment class for pregnant mothers put on by Great Beginnings for Black Babies at Freeman Medical Arts Building on Monday, Feb. 23.
Expecting mothers attend the four-day workshop which covers health, nutrition, Sudden Infant Death Syndrom, and many other topics related to both before and after giving birth.
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Kenisha Norwood, left, and her 3-year-old son Xavier attend a social support and empowerment class for pregnant mothers put on by Great Beginnings for Black Babies at Freeman Medical Arts Building on Monday, Feb. 23.
Health educator Cecie Trujillo holds 2-month-old Tray'von Lynn, son of class attendee Tamika Rosser. Inglewood-based Great Beginnings for Black Babies aims to reduce infant mortality through support like this class.
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Kenisha Norwood, left, and her 3-year-old son Xavier attend a social support and empowerment class for pregnant mothers put on by Great Beginnings for Black Babies at Freeman Medical Arts Building on Monday, Feb. 23.
Health educator Cecie Trujillo introduces herself on the first day of the four-day class on Monday, Feb. 23. Trujillo has worked for the non-profit for more than a decade.
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Kenisha Norwood, left, and her 3-year-old son Xavier attend a social support and empowerment class for pregnant mothers put on by Great Beginnings for Black Babies at Freeman Medical Arts Building on Monday, Feb. 23.
Four-month-old King Ace sits next to mother Shemera Williams during the social support and empowerment class on Monday Feb. 23.
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Kenisha Norwood, left, and her 3-year-old son Xavier attend a social support and empowerment class for pregnant mothers put on by Great Beginnings for Black Babies at Freeman Medical Arts Building on Monday, Feb. 23.
Mother Tamika Rosser hands a bottle to Health Educator Cecie Trujillo for 2-month-old Tray'von Lynn. Great Beginnings for Black Babies also provides child care during the class.
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Kenisha Norwood, left, and her 3-year-old son Xavier attend a social support and empowerment class for pregnant mothers put on by Great Beginnings for Black Babies at Freeman Medical Arts Building on Monday, Feb. 23.
Expecting mothers fill out a form on the first day of a four-day class put on by Great Beginnings for Black Babies.
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African-American infants are more than twice as likely as white ones to die within their first year.

California has long had a program designed to help black women have healthy babies but the state changed the program in recent years. All of the participating cities and counties have adopted those changes - except for one: Los Angeles County.

KPCC's Adrian Florido explains why it has resisted moving to the state's new model.