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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 C ...
 
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 i ...
 
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 ...
 
News for 03.06.15
 

Oakland BBZ Launches Castlemont Website

This Saturday, in conjunction with First Saturdays and the Castlemont Community Market, our Oakland BBZ will launch their own BBZOAK website. The site will be available in both English and Spanish, and will offer Castlemont residents more information about community events, opportunities, and local businesses and organizations. Check back often ...
 
News for 01.26.15
 

Castlemont Mini-Grants Round 2

Our Castlemont Zone in Oakland has just opened applications for a second round of Mini-Grants. Applications are available in both English and Spanish.
Best Babies Zone Mini-Grants Round 2 is an opportunity to fund community projects that have a direct impact on the Castlemont Neighborhood, strive to improve community conditions, and empower ...
 
News for 12.09.14
 

The Best Chance At Life

The Best Chance At Life
An oft-quoted proverb, the titular phrase of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s popular1996 memoir, states that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Yet in some of the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable communities, it takes more than a village to ensure that a baby is born healthy with a fair shot at a long, successful life. It requires the complex ...
 
News for 10.30.14
 

Market Bucks Launch at Castlemont Community Market

Market Bucks Launch at Castlemont Community Market

Market Bucks strives to invest in the local talent and to subsidize spending, allowing residents to shop more at the market, leading to vendors reaching higher profits, and ultimately, creating a shop-local culture. BBZ distributed market bucks to all 1,440 households in the Castlemont neighborhood. We also distributed Market Bucks through some o ...
 
News for 10.15.14
 

PRICE HILL: MINI-GRANT OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Price Hill is a great neighborhood, and together, we can make it even better.
The health of every baby, every mother, and every resident in Price Hill is affected by our neighborhood’s environment, opportunities, and experiences. Best Babies Zone (BBZ) believes that holistic neighborhood improvements – addressing education, health, business, and ...
 
News for 08.28.14
 

Best Babies Zone: A holistic, neighborhood-based approach to improving birth outcomes

In the neighborhoods of Castlemont in Oakland, California, Hollygrove in New Orleans and Price Hill in Cincinnati, something unprecedented is happening. Health care professionals are meeting with the bureau of economic development to discuss equal opportunities for employment. Residents are holding “community cafés” to discuss neighborhood ...
 
News for 06.12.14
 

Best Babies Zone Castlemont Mini Grant Opportunity


We are thrilled to launch our first Best Babies Zone mini-grants! Best Babies Zone is offering mini-grants of up to $2500 to implement your idea! Brighter Beginnings is currently accepting proposals, on behalf ofBest Babies Zone, to fund projects that are located in or benefit the residents of the Castlemont Community (MacArthur to Olive/Birch, ...
 
News for 05.28.14
 

Price Hill: Mini-Grant Opportunities to Improve Your Neighborhood

Price Hill is a great neighborhood; together, we can make it even better.
The health of every baby, every mother, and every resident in Price Hill is affected by our neighborhood’s environment, opportunities, and experiences. Best Babies Zone (BBZ) believes that holistic neighborhood improvements – addressing education, health, business, and m ...
 
News for 05.08.14
 

Mommy Talk

Mommy Talk
More exciting news from Hollygrove! Beginning May 14, 2014 our Hollygrove BBZ will be starting MommyTalk, a mom's group. The group will meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the Birthmark Health Center. The discussion topic for this week is "Balancing Work and Life." See the flyer for more details!
 
News for 04.15.14
 

Best Babies Zone: A Place-Based Approach to Transforming Communities and Improving Birth Outcomes

McMillan Lecture at UAB: Best Babies Zone: A Place Based Approach to Transforming Communities and Improving Birth Outcomes

This presentation by Cheri Pies, MSW, DrPH, provides a description of the Best Babies Zone Initiative and the place-based approach to community transformation through a multi-sector approach in order to improve birth ...
 
News for 03.18.14
 

Hollygrove Well Woman Days

Hollygrove Well Woman Days
Exciting news from our Hollygrove BBZ: Starting this Saturday, March 22, Hollygrove will launch their Well Woman Day program! Women can meet at Conrad Park for HIV/STI screening, birth control advice, nutrition consultation, physical activity information, and smoking cessation help!Exciting news from our Hollygrove BBZ: Starting this Saturday, ...
 
News for 01.30.14
 

NACCHO Exchange: Best Babies Zone

NACCHO Exchange: Best Babies Zones—A New Approach to Reducing Infant Mortality
The article describes the Best Babies Zones approach to reducing infant mortality by focusing on the life course perspective and returning to early roots in maternal and child health (MCH) and how that has taught public health practitioners that opportunities to ...

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