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News for 09.27.18
 

Racism Is Killing Black Babies, But This Doula Is Fighting Back

Racism Is Killing Black Babies, But This Doula Is Fighting Back
Christin Farmer, CEO of Birthing Beautiful Communities (BBC) and Program Manager of BBZ Hough in Cleveland, OH, recently sat down with Candice Wilder from Vice News to talk about the origins of BBC, what the BBZ-designation means for their work, and the how she is actualizing sisterhood and equity along the way. 

In this article, titled "Racism Is ...
 
News for 09.21.18
 

It Takes a Good Zip Code to Raise A Child

It Takes a Good Zip Code to Raise A Child
This month, BRIGHT Magazine's Livie Campbell published an article titled "It Takes a Good Zip Code to Raise A Child." In it, she tells the story of Silvia Guzman, BBZ Castlemont's (Oakland, CA) Community Outreach Worker. Guzman grew up in the Castlemont neighborhood and experienced the effects of a disinvested local economy: "there were no ...
 
News for 07.03.18
 

Bridging Theory and Practice through a National, Place-Based Health Equity Initiative

Bridging Theory and Practice through a National, Place-Based Health Equity Initiative
Authors Willow Mata and Maricela Piña | Harder + Co
In policy and systems change work, the gap between theory and practice is a frequent challenge. How do we bridge the divide that can emerge between the knowledge gained through research and the knowledge gained through on-the-ground experience?
At Harder+Company, we take the task of bridging ...
 
News for 06.28.18
 

America's Black Babies Are Paying For Society's Ills. What Will We Do To Fix It?

America's Black Babies Are Paying For Society's Ills. What Will We Do To Fix It?
Priska Neely | KPCC
In May 2018 Priska Neely from NPR's KPCC, visited BBZ Castlemont in Oakland, CA as well as the BBZ National Office at UC Berkeley, to see how the BBZ Approach is working to reduce racial inequities in infant mortality.
Oakland and the Best Babies Zone was featured in her article published in the LAist, which is the digital ...
 
News for 05.09.18
 

Greater University Circle Community Health Initiative ends with promise to continue work to combat infant mortality and lead poisoning

Greater University Circle Community Health Initiative ends with promise to continue work to combat infant mortality and lead poisoning
Metro News | Cleveland.com | May 9, 2018
The Best Babies Zone Initiative was mentioned in the article from the Metro News section of Cleveland.com, which discusses the efforts taking place in Clevelend to reduce infant mortality. The Best Babies Zone model is being implemented in the Hough neighborhood. Click here to download and read the ...
 
News for 04.09.18
 

The Interdependence of Families, Communities, and Children’s Health: Public Investments That Strengthen Families and Communities, and Promote Children’s Healthy Development and Societal Prosperity

The Interdependence of Families, Communities, and Children’s Health: Public Investments That Strengthen Families and Communities, and Promote Children’s Healthy Development and Societal Prosperity
National Academy of Medicine | April 9, 2018
Best Babies Zone was mentioned in the discussion paper from the National Academy of Medicine. It examines how federal, state, and place-based programs (including BBZ!) can target the social determinants of health and influence children's development. Click here to read the full ...
 
News for 03.16.18
 

Best Babies Zone Roundtable

Best Babies Zone Roundtable
Members from the BBZ Northside Team in Kalamazoo, MI, including Katie Corbit (Cradle Kalamazoo-Program Manager), Chéree Thomas (Douglas Community Association-Executive Director), and Terra Bautista (Healthy Babies Healthy Start-Program Supervisor) recently appeared on Kalamazoo’s Public Media Network for a roundtable discussion on their infant ...
 
News for 02.27.18
 

Bay Area Organizations Work to Eliminate Birth Disparities

Bay Area Organizations Work to Eliminate Birth Disparities
The Best Babies Zone is featured in the California Health Report with BBZ Program Associate, Claudia Zaugg, and BBZ Castlemont staff members Kiko Malin and Silvia Guzman, speaking about how the BBZ Approach is aiming to address birth disparities in Oakland. Click on the California Health Report to access the ...
 
News for 01.22.18
 

Best Babies Zone Releases Guide to Support Communities in Reducing Racial Inequities in Infant Mortality

Best Babies Zone Releases Guide to Support Communities in Reducing Racial Inequities in Infant Mortality
Berkekely, California - January 22, 2018
Berkeley Public Health Best Babies Zone releases guide to support communities in reducing racial inequities in infant mortality
The Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Technical Assistance Center at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health has released a practical guide for implementing the BBZ approach. BBZ Basics: ...
 
News for 11.13.17
 

UC Berkeley Public Health Best Babies Zone Initiative Welcomes Three New Communities

UC Berkeley Public Health Best Babies Zone Initiative Welcomes Three New Communities
Berkeley, CA November 13, 2017 -
UC Berkeley Public Health Best Babies Zone Initiative welcomes three new communities to the movement to reduce racial inequities in infant mortality
Berkeley, California (November 13, 2017) – The Best Babies Zone Initiative (BBZ) at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health announced today that it will expand to ...
 
News for 11.06.17
 

Cheri Pies Awarded APHA MCH Section Award for Leadership and Advocacy

Cheri Pies Awarded APHA MCH Section Award for Leadership and Advocacy
Congratulations to MCH Professor Emerita and Best Babies Zone Principal Investigator Cheri Pies for being awarded the MCH Section Award for Leadership and Advocacy during the 2017 Martha May Eliot Luncheon at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in Atlanta, GA. This award recognizes leaders who serve at local, state or ...
 
News for 07.25.17
 

Resident-centered approach grows healthy babies and local economy

Resident-centered approach grows healthy babies and local economy
Can a community market improve infant health? Can developing a local entrepreneurship culture reduce the number of babies born prematurely? Best Babies Zone believes the answer is yes. Read our newest blog plot on the Build Healthy Places Network’s What’s New blog—co-authored by BBZ Program Associate Megan Calpin and Building Blocks for Health ...
 
News for 03.23.17
 

Berkeley Public Health Best Babies Zone Initiative brings infant mortality prevention strategy to three more communities

Berkeley Public Health Best Babies Zone Initiative brings infant mortality prevention strategy to three more communities
Berkeley, California (March 23, 2017) –
The Best Babies Zone Initiative (BBZ) at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health announced today that it will expand to three new communities: Indianapolis, IN; Kalamazoo, MI; and Portland, OR. These three new zones will join the three pilot zones in this place-based, multi-sector initiative to reduce ...
 
News for 08.08.16
 

$1.4M grant will bring Best Babies Zone strategies to more communities

$1.4M grant will bring Best Babies Zone strategies to more communities
The UC Berkeley School of Public Health has been awarded a $1.4M grant to combat infant mortality by working closely with organizations and community residents to address interrelated social determinants of health. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant will support a Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Initiative expansion to several new zones and launch the BBZ ...
 
News for 07.23.16
 

Backpack Givaway! in BBZ Hollygrove, New Orleans

Backpack Givaway! in BBZ Hollygrove, New Orleans
Healthy Start New Orleans Best Babies Zone held a Backpack Givaway! The event was held on July 23, 2016 from 10am - 1pm at the Sojouner Truth Neighborhood Center. Close to 500 backpacks and hundreds of croceries were given away at this phenominal event.
Partners included Amerigroup, Healthy Start New Orleans Best Babies Zone, Providence ...
 
News for 07.14.16
 

$1.4M grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for Best Babies Zone Technical Assistance Center

University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health Receives $1.4M Grant to Support Organizations Addressing the Root Causes of Infant Mortality

Berkeley, California (July 14, 2016) – The University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health announced today that it has received a $1.4M grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This ...
 
News for 05.17.16
 

Putting the Cross-Sector Gears in Motion: How 3 Best Babies Zones Are Moving Towards Cross-Sector Action to Reduce Disparities in Infant Mortality

Putting the Cross-Sector Gears in Motion: How 3 Best Babies Zones Are Moving Towards Cross-Sector Action to Reduce Disparities in Infant Mortality
On May 17th, NICHQ posted a blog written by Monica Barr, Program Manager for the Best Babies Zone. The blog discusses lessons learned in getting the gears moving in cross-sector collaboration. Click here to read the Blog.
 
News for 03.28.16
 

Growing a Best Babies Zone: Lessons Learned from the Pilot Phase of a Multi-Sector, Place-Based Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality

Growing a Best Babies Zone: Lessons Learned from the Pilot Phase of a Multi-Sector, Place-Based Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality
We are excited to share Growing a Best Babies Zone, a new article about BBZ published by the Maternal and Child Health Journal. Special thanks to all of the BBZ Initiative team who contributed to this article!
To access the full article, download the pdf ...
 
News for 01.22.16
 

Video: ACPHD - Building Blocks for Health Equity

Video: ACPHD - Building Blocks for Health Equity
[VIDEO] This video was created by the Alameda County Public Health Department's Buidling Blocks for Health Equity. Check out some of the amazing things they,  along with the Best Babies Zone Oakland, are doing in the Castlemont Community. To learn more check ...
 
News for 11.24.15
 

Best Babies Zone Receives Funding From The Kresge Foundation

Best Babies Zone Receives Funding From The Kresge Foundation
Best Babies Zone is honored to have recently received a grant from The Kresge Foundation, which will provide funding for the coming year to our site in New Orleans (Hollygrove BBZ). This will allow us to continue our work to improve conditions in the community, increase opportunities for Hollygrove residents, reduce infant mortality, and maximize ...
 
News for 11.24.15
 

Best Babies Zone promotes healthy communities for healthy children

Laura Boytz, UC Berkeley, School of Public Health, SPH Bulletin
How are a community market, leadership training for teenagers and adults, and a community swim club related to maternal and child health? They are all efforts supported by the Best Babies Zone in the Castlemont neighborhood of Oakland, as part of its work to “change the conditions ...
 
News for 11.12.15
 

Best Babies Zone: Partnering to Address the Social Determinates of Health and Improve Birth Outcomes

Best Babies Zone: Partnering to Address the Social Determinates of Health and Improve Birth Outcomes
Watch the Best Babies Zone presentation Best Babies Zone: Partnering to Address the Social Determinates of Health and Improve Birth Outcomes that was presented at the March of Dimes Grand Rounds on November 9, 2015.
"We are part of a larger community of many other organizations nationally who are doing this kind of health equity work that ...
 
News for 11.04.15
 

Raising healthy babies one neighborhood at a time

APHA 143rd Annual Meeting and Expo, Health In All Policies
When it comes to raising healthy babies, public health workers know that prenatal care is not enough.
And in communities where infant mortality rates are high, it takes more than health care workers to turn the tide. It takes collaboration.

That’s where programs such as Best Babies Zone, ...
 
News for 10.22.15
 

Neighborhoods become ‘Best Babies Zones’ and help infants grow up healthy

Neighborhoods become ‘Best Babies Zones’ and help infants grow up healthy
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
When activists petitioned for the rerouting of a freight train that would run through their community, it was about more than noise concerns – it was part of a larger fight to end infant mortality.
Infant mortality may not appear to have anything to do with trains, but the environmental impact they would have – and the ...
 
News for 07.14.15
 

The San Francisco Foundation Makes $34 Million Investment in Oakland

Fantastic news from BBZ Castlemont! An anonymous donor to the San Francisco Foundation made an incredible $34 million gift to organizations in Oakland, including a $1.5 million gift over three years to the Alameda County Public Health Department to support Best Babies Zone Castlemont!!!!!
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the BBZ Castlemont team and the ...

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