University of Wisconsin–Madison

Community Advocates in Wilkinsburg, PA, Ensure Every Baby Reaches Their Full Potential

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level County
State(s) Pennsylvania
Policy Areas Community Development, Food, Health
Babies in Wilkinsburg, PA suffer from elevated blood lead levels and high mortality rates. In response, the Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Initiative has undergone multiple strategies in Wilkinsburg to improve access to quality health care and transform their educational, economic, and community systems. Strategies include opening a Fresh Market that provides free, fresh produce to community members, partnering with local organizations to spread information about reducing lead exposure, distributing “healthy homes kits” with green cleaners and tips to reduce neurotoxins, and more.

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