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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 ...
 
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 ...
 
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 ...
 
News for 12.01.13
 

Aiming to transform Oakland neighborhood, "Best Babies Zone" cultivates its youngest residents

Aiming to transform Oakland neighborhood,
Aiming to transform Oakland neighborhood, "Best Babies Zone" cultivates its youngest residents
Inside Bay Area News
By Matt O'Brien mattob rien@bayareanewsgroup.com Contra Costa Times
OAKLAND -- Four-year-old Dylan Moreno is an energetic and curious kid who yearns to be outside, but his mother won't take him to the park down the street.
"He ...
 
News for 11.16.13
 

Hollygrove Baby Shower!

Last Saturday, November 16th, our Hollygrove Best Babies Zone in New Orleans hosted a Baby Shower for neighborhood families. Best Babies Zone hosted the shower in partnership with Healthy Start, March of Dimes, Zeta Phi Beta, and United Health Care. Saturday’s event was the best attended Baby Shower to date, serving over 50 families.
Each family ...
 
News for 11.05.13
 

Best Babies Zone in PCHHC Newsletter

Check out the Best Babies Zone feature in Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative's(PCHHC) November Newsletter. Scroll down to find the Best Babies Zone feature under Promising Practice From the Field! PCHHC address health from the Life Course Approach and their goal is to "have happy, healthy, and self-determined young men and women who ...
 
News for 10.31.13
 

Hollygrove PlayStreets

On October 11th our Hollygrove Best Babies Zone, along with BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana, FitNola, Healthy Start New Orleans and US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health co- hosted a Play Streets at Conrad Park in Hollygrove, New Orleans. About 150 families attended the fun-filled event enjoying the exciting, ...
 
News for 09.26.13
 

Best Babies Zone at the CityMatCH Conference in Savannah

The Best Babies Zone just had its All-site team meeting at the CityMatCH Conference held in Savannah, GA.  Throughout the conference, which took place on September 23rd – 26th the Best Babies Zone Team held breakout sessions on the topics of Community Engagement, Evaluation, Messaging and Savoring Our Connections. There was a lot of great ...
 
News for 09.21.13
 

F.A.S.T. (For A Safe Town)

F.A.S.T. (For A Safe Town)
F.A.S.T. (For A Safe Town) "Get Fresh, Stay Healthy" Community Festival
Youth UpRising and Alameda County Social Service present the 4th annual F.A.S.T. Community Festival. This free event will link community members to resources for careers, continuing education, engaging in health & fitness practices, healthy eating, and improving ...
 
News for 09.12.13
 

Kickoff Event, Best Babies Zone Price Hill

The Best Babies Zone in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati had it's kick-off event on Thursday, Setpember 12th, at the Incline Public House.  Guest speakers included:
Jim Greenberg, MD, Co-Director, Perinatal Institue, Director, Division of Neonatology
H.A. Musser, MA, MSW, LISW, President & CEO, Santa Maria Community Services
Wendell ...
 
News for 08.27.13
 

BBZ Community Systems Think Tank

The Best Babies Zone had it's third Think Tank on Community Systems.
BBZ Leadership Partners from CityMatCH, AMCHP, NHSA, UC Berkeley and BBZ Zone Leaders from Oakland, Cincinnati and New Orleans as well as our consulting partner from Jump at the Sun, Consultants, all decending on Oakland for our third Think Tank gathering on Community S ...
 
News for 08.06.13
 

Summer Block Party

Castlemont Summer Block Party
August 6, 2013
Best Babies Zone was there asking "What does a healthy community look like to you?"
 
News for 07.16.13
 

Hollygrove Best Babies Zone Kickoff

Hollygrove Best Babies Zone Kickoff
Tour of the Hollygrove Neighborhood
Speaker: Mario Drummonds
 
News for 07.09.13
 

Transforming Communities

Cheri Pies, MSW DrPH is a Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley. Her research interests include reducing and eliminating health disparities and inequities in birth outcomes through community transformation and the implementation of the Life Course model, the use of incentives in delivery of ...
 
News for 06.18.13
 

New Logo & Website

New Logo & Website
We are happy to announce we have branded the Best Babies Zone! Special thanks to graphic design studio, Mazzarello Media & Arts in Oakland, CA for the website and logo!
 
News for 06.16.13
 

Health Issues: Best Babies Zone New Orleans

 

 
Kimberly Williams and Charlotte Parent of the City Of New Orleans discuss implementation of a project designed to help young mothers live stronger lives to reduce the incidence of low birth weight babies within the Hollygrove section of New Orleans: Best Babies Zone. With a grant from Kellogg, they will provide jobs, health care and ...

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