Saving black babies by saving a whole neighborhood

A few times a year in Castlemont, a neighborhood in East Oakland, residents come together for a community market.
A few times a year in Castlemont, a neighborhood in East Oakland, residents come together for a community market.
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Black babies are two times more likely to die in their first year of life than white babies. This is a gap that has persisted in our country for decades. Around the country, people are trying in big ways and small to close it. 

The Castlemont neighborhood in East Oakland is known as a Best Babies Zone. The idea of this initiative is that improving life for everyone in the community will ultimately save babies.  

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This project received support from the Center for Health Journalism's California Fellowship and its Fund for Journalism on Child Well-being.