Black infants in Fresno, California were found to be three times more likely than white babies to die within their first year, according to a 2015 study by First Five Fresno County. Now, Fresno’s Black Infant Health program is working to change that by supporting the most important people in those baby’s lives — their moms.

Rise Up reporter Jeremy Miller spoke with care coordinators at Fresno BIH, and several of the mothers whose lives — and whose babies lives — have been touched by the program.

Rise Up: Be Heard is FMG’s journalism training and mentorship program for young people living in underrepresented communities. The program is supported through a partnership with The California Endowment.