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.

Mission, Vision and Goals

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.

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Improving Black Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is one way a family can insure optimal infant health and survival.  The Collaborative wants to make sure families have access breastfeeding supports, systems, and environments. Our goal is to increase breastfeeding rates for black women by 10%, and increase the number of breastfeeding friendly spaces in Racine.

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Improving Adolescent Health

The Adolescent Health project fosters community leadership, strengthens and coordinates programs to reduce unintended teen pregnancy, sexual transmitted diseases/sexual transmitted infections (STDs/STIs), reduce ethnic/racial disparities in health outcomes, and promote optimal health and decision making for teens, ages 10-19.  In addition, to educating parent(s)/guardian(s) on best practices when communicating with their teen on important topic areas related to health and well-being.

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Baby Expo 2017

The Fifth Annual Baby Expo provided a “one-stop-shop” experience, connecting families to community services. The event took place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Gateway Technical College-Racine campus. Over 200 community residents attended and 26 vendors, such as the Birthing Project USA, Black Infant Health and the Racine Home Visitation Network, were available to answer questions for families with newborns.

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Healthy Teen Fair 2018

The Second Annual Healthy Teen Fair provided a “one-stop-shop” experience, connecting adolescents and families to community services and workshops. The event took place on Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Dr. John Bryant community Center.  Over 100 parents and adolescents attended and 8 vendors such as the Women’s Resource Center and Planned Parenthood.