Study reveals needs of black children - - Jackson, MS

Study reveals needs of black children

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A group called Mississippi Families For Kids released the results of a study on black children in the metro. They've now created a plan to provide programs to aid in their health and education.

Mississippi Families For Kids says its summit last fall helped narrow down specific areas where improvements need to be made to improve the quality of life for African-American families.

Thursday community leaders were on hand at the Capitol as they released their findings. The group's call to action focuses on four areas, community and church partnerships, education, family health, and youth intervention.

Their goal is to improve the infant mortality rate, reduces black on black crime and assist adults and children with mental and emotional disorders.

"Some families are living in one bedroom trailers with 4-5 people stacked on top of each other and it shouldn't be. The state of Mississippi funds everything they need for here, but do they look at the future the children are our future. And if we don't invest in them, then we will have no future," said community activist Minister Lisa Camphor.

The study and the programs they plan to implement are being funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Founded in 1930 they're a private group that believes all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive.

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