Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, Inc. (RKCAA) continued its efforts to reduce infant mortality and promote breastfeeding, by hosting a half-day Breastfeeding Summit on February 5, 2019 at Gateway Technical College. The Breastfeeding Summit provided an opportunity to hear from experts on breastfeeding and engage professionals such as health/lactation specialists and breastfeeding supporters/advocates. This event also enabled participants to engage in discussions regarding a Breastfeeding Friendly Racine. Fifty-two professionals attended the event to help RKCAA identify promising practices to encourage more women of color to breastfeed. If you would like to get involved with Breastfeeding Friendly Racine, please call RKCAA.
The Racine Lifecourse Initiatives for Healthy Families project is a community-wide effort to close the black-white gap in birth outcomes in Racine. The Lifecourse Perspective teaches that what happens during the life of a woman has an impact on her baby while she is pregnant. RKCAA is the convening agency for this effort.
Our mission is to reduce African American infant mortality and improve the health and well being of African American women, children and families in the Greater Racine community.
Our vision is to serve as a driving force for change that connects resources, organizations and individuals to those most affected. The Collaborative will impact not only the African American infant mortality rate but also the quality of life for all in Racine.
Our goal is to reduce fetal/ infant mortality and prematurity by 20%.
Strategies of the Collaborative include policy, system, and environmental changes such as improving access to breastfeeding supports, reducing risky behavior in adolescents, and provide community events such as Baby Expo and the Healthy Teen Fair that connects the community to resources.