National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation


Why do we care? Opening our eyes to our community's pain

May your eyes be open to your servant’s plea and to the plea of your people Israel, and may you listen to them whenever they cry out to you.

1 Kings 8:52

Health statistics tell a story of unequal burden for African American families and their communities in terms of pregnancy and infant loss.

Sometimes this painful reality is not visible, because families do not share their losses or others in the community would rather not know about such sad events.

If African-American church communities are going to improve their support for families experiencing these losses, the first step is to open their eyes to the health inequities.

Watch the introduction to this video, "Crisis in The Crib," produced by the HHS Office of Minority Health (requires Windows Media Player; troubleshooting instructions can be found on the page).

When you're finished with the video, return to this page and click NEXT to take a brief knowledge quiz.

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