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BBZ Basics

Best Babies Zone Basics: A Step-by-Step Guide

BBZ Basics is a step-by-step guide to implementing the Best Babies Zone (BBZ) approach. It is intended for both public health and non-public health organizations looking to start or build upon a place-based, multi-sector, community-driven initiative to reduce racial inequities in infant mortality. The guide moves through the Six Foundational Phases of a BBZ, including how to select a Zone, how to collaborate with residents and build resident leadership, and how to plan for evaluation. The guide also includes a number of tools and resources to help you in the planning process. Use of this guide will enable you to adopt the BBZ approach and support your efforts in creating stronger, healthier neighborhoods where every baby has the best chance in life.

While this guide is intended for those who want to implement the BBZ approach, implementing these steps does not make your initiative an official Best Babies Zone site. The BBZ Initiative National Office formally designates Best Babies Zone sites through a specific application process. Use of this guide will enable you to adopt the BBZ approach and inform your efforts to create a place-based, multi-sector, community driven initiative to reduce racial inequities in birth outcomes.

Best Babies Zone Basics: Executive Summary

Best Babies Zone Basics: A Step-by-Step Guide-Full Guide

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About This Guide and Introduction

Phase 1: Select a Zone

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Phase 2: Build a Multi-Sector Collaborative

Phase 3: Collaborate with Residents and Build Resident Leadership

Appendix D

Appendix E

Appendix F

Phase 4: Strengthen Social Movements

Phase 5: Establish a Zone Strategy

Appendix G

Appendix H

Appendix I

Appendix J

Phase 6: Plan for Evaluation

Appendix K

Appendix L