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darcelCalifornia Black Health Network will host its Biennial Policy Conference and 2nd Annual Golf Tournament on September 11 and 12, 2014. The Policy Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Sacramento – Capitol Plaza in downtown Sacramento on September 11th, followed by the Golf Tournament on September 12th at Morgan Creek Golf Club in Roseville, CA. Proceeds from these events will be dedicated to the California Black Health Network Black Infant Health Alliance which is dedicated to reducing the incidence of Black infant mortality across the state of California.

“African American babies are dying at two times the rate of babies of any other ethnicity,” says B. Darcel Harris-Lee, President and CEO of California Black Health Network. “This is an epidemic in our state and in this country. It is important that we not just raise awareness about the issue but that we gather together the best minds in the state to change this paradigm and work toward solutions that will result in saving our Black babies!”

However, the CBHN policy conference is focused on more than just the Black infant mortality issue. Says Harris-Lee, “California Black Health Network is focusing on redefining how we view our Black families. We have assets and resources in our communities that no one is talking about. Our families are beautiful; they are the glue that has “kept” our communities for decades and it is time we redefine the terms we use to talk about “us” and about our communities. We need to focus on our positives. This conference is all about setting a policy agenda that will lead to systems change and ultimately mobilize communities throughout this state in an effort to rebuild healthy Black families that result in healthy Black communities. This conference is not about an event – it is about a MOVEMENT!”