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.

 

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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.

Our goal is to reduce fetal/ infant mortality and prematurity by 20%.

Strategies 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.  It is critical that families have access to 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, sexually transmitted diseases/sexually 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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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 eight vendors, including the Women’s Resource Center and Planned Parenthood.

RKCAA's Breastfeeding Summit Recap