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LA County unhappy about changes to black infant health program

by Adrian Florido, Fronteras Desk | Take Two

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. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

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.

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