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Black Babies Awareness Month

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Campaign highlights national policy agenda and research exploring long-standing inequities and the effects of COVID-19

Black Babies Awareness Month, a campaign to promote and center the needs of Black infants and toddlers, kicks-off November 1st. The initiative coincides with the release of the first-ever National Black Child Agenda.

Led by the Equity Research Action Coalition at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the new campaign calls for protecting, promoting and preserving the wellbeing of Black families and babies. There are 11.5 million Black babies in the U.S. Over 60 percent of Black babies live in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, which is more than double the rate for White babies (29 percent).

The Equity Research Action Coalition unveiled the National Black Child Agenda, an ambitious plan that calls for actions to dismantle structural racism and systemic inequities that have negative effects on Black children’s school and life success. The agenda was co-developed with research and child development experts from the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and POINTS of ACCESS, LLC.

The agenda asserts that Black families are better supported when there is a strategic focus on designing systems, and implementing programs and interventions that build upon the cultural assets and strengths of Black families. It calls for promoting Black children and their families’ economic security, health and access to quality early learning opportunities, while also preserving their cultural identity and heritage. Black families and babies experience multiple adversities prior to and after birth, but the cultural wealth of Black families has proven to be transformative in navigating against structural racism and other negative experiences.

The Black Babies Awareness Month campaign will include an open virtual roundtable with key experts to share recent research, the national policy agenda for Black children, a social media toolkit and calls-to-action for the public to get involved.

“For every parent, our precious Black babies are our pride and joy and they are more than deserving of the warm, safe and nurturing caregiving that will contribute to their health and long-term brain development,” states Equity Research Action Coalition Founder Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka. “We hope that Black Babies Awareness Month and the National Black Child Agenda together will build national public awareness around the issues that impact them the most, and lead to a concerted push for inclusive policies that will improve their life outcomes.”

“When you think about it, our children exist in a duality of ‘the land of opportunity,’ and ‘the home of racism and debilitating inequities,'” said NBCDI CEO and President Dr. Leah Austin. “This ground-breaking agenda reflects a post-2020 America, and serves as a launchpad for empowering advocates and communities everywhere to better serve the needs of the 21st century Black child,” she continued.

The resource identifies ten pressing policies of focus such as child tax credits, universal access to early childhood education and culturally-responsive training.

Ten Policies of the National Black Child Agenda:

  1. Maintain child tax credits and income supports
  2. Address racial disparities in wages and career advancement opportunities
  3. Invest in Black-owned and Black-led businesses, organizations and institutions
  4. Expand the Family and Medical Leave Act
  5. Expand health insurance
  6. Expand universal access to early care and education
  7. Address harsh discipline practices
  8. Ensure equity in early intervention and special education
  9. Ensure culturally responsive curriculum and practices through workforce development and training
  10. Pass reparations

Research on Black Babies and Families:

The Equity Research Action Coalition also recently released the report “Black Parents and Their Babies: Attending to the First 1,000 Days.” The research explores quality of life, racial trauma and socio-economic issues in greater detail. It includes first-hand accounts and action items from Black families. The report surveyed Black parents on a weekly basis from May through December of 2020, and incorporates data from the RAPID-EC project at the University of Oregon. The report provides three essential recommendations:

  • Protecting Black babies and their families from racism, discrimination and material hardship is necessary to ensure babies thrive throughout their life course
  • Promoting economic security, health and access to early learning opportunities is essential to mitigate against the biological and social vulnerability Black babies and their families face due to racism, discrimination and bias
  • Preserving Black babies’ cultural identities in the early years is as essential as the “three Rs” of reading, writing and ‘rithmetic.

To read the full report and learn more about Black Babies Awareness Month, visit the Equity Research Action Coalition’s website.

About the Equity Research Action Coalition

The Equity Research Action Coalition co-constructs with practitioners and policymakers actionable research to support the optimal development of Black children prenatally through childhood across the African diaspora using a cultural wealth framework. The Coalition will focus on developing a science-based action framework to eradicate the impact of racism and poverty, and all its consequences on the lives of Black children, families, and communities, and to ensure optimal health, well-being, school readiness and success, and overall excellence.

For more information about the Equity Research Action Coalition, please visit the group’s website and follow them on Twitter at @FPGInstitute.

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Johnson & Johnson Vision Announces New Collaboration to Eliminate Inequities

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− New collaboration with Black EyeCare Perspective sets sights to drive more equity among eye care professionals in optometry

− First major eye health company to sign 13% Promis

Johnson & Johnson Vision*, a global leader in eye health and part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies**, today announced a collaboration with Black EyeCare Perspective, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to redefining the color of the eyecare industry 1% at a time. As part of the collaboration, Johnson & Johnson Vision signed the 13% Promise, an initiative to increase equity and representation in the eye care industry and in optometry schools by increasing the number of Black students to mirror the 13% of Black people in the U.S. population.

Click to Tweet: .@JNJVision announces new collaboration to increase representation of people of color in the eye care industry and colleges of optometry. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3k9iv5C

According to data from Black EyeCare Perspective, only 3.2% of students and 3.8% of faculty in optometry colleges are Black or African American, and this number drops to only 1.8% among practicing optometrists. Johnson & Johnson Vision is the first major eye health company to sign the 13% Promise, furthering a long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through awareness, education, and empowerment in collaboration with associations, public and community organizations.

Johnson & Johnson Vision will contribute to the 13% Promise by continuing to:

  • Support sponsorships and new programs to improve representation of people of color in optometry.
  • Bring more diversity and equity into the eye care industry.
  • Create more culturally relevant information and eye health education materials.

“As one of the largest eye health companies, we have an opportunity to drive change and bring more diversity, equity and inclusion in our industry for the greater good of the many patients and doctors we serve,” said Thomas Swinnen, President, North America, Johnson & Johnson Vision***. “Our partnership with Black EyeCare Perspective is one of the many ways we can further support the future of optometry and work together to create quality, equitable experiences along with healthier outcomes across communities.”

To learn more about Johnson & Johnson Vision visit www.jjvision.com.  

About Johnson & Johnson Vision*
At Johnson & Johnson Vision, part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, we have a bold ambition: to change the trajectory of eye health around the world. Through our operating companies, we deliver innovation that enables eye care professionals to create better outcomes for patients throughout their lives, with products and technologies that address unmet needs including refractive error, cataracts and dry eye. In communities with greatest need, we work in collaboration to expand access to quality eye care, and we are committed to helping people see better, connect better and live better. Visit us at www.jjvision.com. Follow @JNJVision on Twitter and Johnson & Johnson Vision on LinkedIn.

About Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies**
At Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, we are helping people live their best lives. Building on more than a century of expertise, we tackle pressing healthcare challenges, and take bold steps that lead to new standards of care while improving people’s healthcare experiences. In surgery, orthopedics, vision and interventional solutions, we are helping to save lives and paving the way to a healthier future for everyone, everywhere.

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SAN ANTONIO (July 2, 2021) – Toensure everyone who wants to receive a COVID-19 vaccine has access to get one, Metro Health is informing residents on weekly pop-up vaccination clinics. Below is a listing of upcoming pop-up clinic locations for the week of July 3 – July 10.

Please note that clinic dates and times are subject to change. Check the interactive map of COVID-19 pop-up clinics, www.covid19.sanantonio.gov, for the latest updates.

SATURDAY, July 3 – MONDAY, July 5

NO POP-UP CLINICS

TUESDAY, July 6

SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm    Pfizer  Plaza Guadalupe/ Metro/CCDO/ Avenida 1327 Guadalupe  78207 11 am – 7 pm    PfizerSecond Baptist Church 3310 E. Commerce St  78220                1 – 6 pm    Pfizer and J&J  
Paul Taylor Field House
7001 Culebra Road 78238 3 – 6 pm    Pfizer  
 

WEDNESDAY, July 7

Blessed Angels Community Center  
14078 Nacogdoches Rd78247      8 am – 12 pm    J&J   
SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm    PfizerCrossroads Baptist Church 8300 Tezel Rd 78254 10 am – 5 pm      Pfizer  
Second Baptist Church 3310 E Commerce St  78220      1 – 6 pm    Pfizer and J&J  Autism Treatment Center 15911 Nacogdoches Rd Building 2  78247         4 – 7 pm    Pfizer 

THURSDAY, July 8

Palo Alto College Student Center Building Classroom SC130 1400 W Villaret Blvd 78224 Noon – 6 pm    PfizerSecond Baptist Church 3310 E Commerce St  78220      1 – 6 pm    Pfizer and J&J  

FRIDAY, July 9

SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm    PfizerRaindrop Cultural Center 4337 Vance Jackson Rd Ste #203  78230     10 am – 6 pm    PfizerOak Farms Dairy         1314 Fredericksburg Rd78201      10 am – 6 pm    Pfizer
Mirabella Senior Apartments  1955 Bandera Rd 78228         11 am – 1 pm    PfizerPresentation Ministry Center (collaboration with Health Collaborative 2003 Ruiz St 78207     3 – 7 pm    Pfizer and J&JIDEA Brackenridge      5555 Old Pearsall Rd 78242   3 – 6 pm    Pfizer

SATURDAY, July 10

AT&T Center    1 AT&T Center Parkway78219      8 am – 1 pm    PfizerSAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216   9 am – 8 pm    PfizerSan Antonio Preparatory Community School      6127 Summer Fest Dr  78244 10 am – 1 pm    Pfizer
Restore Adult Education
George Gervin Academy 4205 San Pedro Ave  78212   10 am – 1 pm    Pfizer and J&J
City Church      9431 Bandera Rd  78250        10 am – 4 pm  PfizerAvalanche of Love Community Outreach  6812 Bandera Rd 78238         10 am – 2 pm  Pfizer
Esperanza at Palo Alto Apt 12305 SW Loop 410 78224     11 am – 2 pm    Pfizer and J&J 

On-going Mass Vaccination Site:

  • Alamodome, 100 Montana St, Parking Lot B
    Wednesday – Friday, Noon – 8 p.m. 

For an interactive map of upcoming COVID-19 pop-up clinics, visit www.covid19.sanantonio.gov.

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 Metro Health June 1-6 List of COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinics

To ensure everyone who wants to receive a COVID-19 vaccine has access to get one, Metro Health is informing residents on weekly pop-up vaccination clinics. Below is a listing of upcoming pop-up clinic locations for the week of June 1-6.

TUESDAY

6/1/2021          9-12pm
Union Park Apartments          
4622 South Hackberry, 78223  
Pfizer 
6/1/2021          1pm-7pm        
Ephesus 7th day Adventist Church 4123 E. Houston, 78220         Pfizer
6/1/2021          10am-1pm      First Church of Nazarene       10715 West Ave, 78213         Pfizer
6/1/2021          9am-5pm
New Life Christian Center 2nd dose         6610 W US Hwy 90, 78227    Pfizer
  

WEDNESDAY

6/2/2021          10am-2pmRAICES          
802 Kentucky, 78201  Pfizer 
6/2/2021          5-8pmSan Pedro Presbyterian         14900 San Pedro Ave, 78232            Pfizer6/2/2021          1pm-6pm
Second Baptist Church          
3310 E. Commerce, 78220    Vaccine type – TBD 
6/2/2021          9am-12pm      
House of Prayer Lutheran Church 10226 Ironside Drive, 78230  Pfizer  
  

THURSDAY

6/3/2021          1pm-6pmFrank Garrett Center  1226 NW 18th St., 78207       Pfizer  6/3/2021          9am-12pm
House of Prayer Lutheran Church 
10226 Ironside Drive, 78230
Pfizer
6/3/2021          3:30-5:30pm    
Our Lady of the Lake University        
411 SW 24th St., 78207         
Pfizer and J&J 

FRIDAY

6/4/2021          4-7pm  
Beethoven’s First Friday         
422 Pereida St., 78210           
J&J 
6/4/2021          10-12pm
Claude Black Community Center 
2805 E Commerce, 78203 Pfizer  
6/4/2021          1:30-9:30pm    
Santa Monica Converse Catholic Church          501 North St. Converse, 78109  Pfizer 
6/4/2021          10am-3pm
Alamo Area Resource Center 
303 N Frio St., 78207              
Pfizer  
6/4/2021          7am-4pm
Smurfit Kappa 
10600 Fischer Road, 78073   
J+J 
 

SATURDAY

6/5/2021          4-7pm
Smoke BBQ & Sky Bar          
501 E Crockett, 78202            
J&J 
6/5/2021          10am-2pm
Sul Ross Middle School         3630 Callaghan Rd, 78228     Pfizer 
6/5/2021          9am-5pm
Victory Worship Center          
102 Springvale Drive, 78227  
Pfizer  
6/5/2021          10am-3pm
Midnight Swim 2403 N St Marys St., 78212   J+J 
  

SUNDAY

6/6/2021          8-11amOur Lady of Perpetual Help    618 S Grimes St., 78203        J&J 6/6/2021          9am-2pmMarket Square            514 W Commerce St., 78207              
J&J
6/6/2021          9am-2pm
Losoya Middle School Gym   
1610 Martinez Losoya Rd., 78221              
Pfizer  
6/6/2021          10am-6pm      
St Bonaventure Church          
1918 Palo Alto Rd., 78211      
J&J 
  

On-going Mass Vaccination Sites:

  • Alamodome, 100 Montana St, Parking Lot B
    Wednesday – Friday, Noon – 8 p.m.
  • WellMed Cisneros Center, 517 SW Military (This site will close June 4.)
    Call 833-968-1745 to schedule appointment.
    Walk-in patients will be accepted from 1-4 p.m. daily, based on vaccine availability.
  • Wonderland of the Americas Mall, 4522 Fredericksburg Road
    Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For an interactive map of upcoming COVID-19 pop-up clinics, visit www.covid19.sanantonio.gov.

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