Correctional Workers Who Care organized the Soul Stroll for Health in early August. Photo courtesy city of Sacramento.

Correctional Workers Who Care organized the Soul Stroll for Health in 2015. File photo courtesy city of Sacramento.

Signups are under way for the sixth annual Power Soul Stroll for Health on Oct. 22 in Sacramento.

The walk will promote community wellness and bring attention to the issue of infant mortality in the African American community, according to Diane Shepherd, a CDCR employee and founder of Correctional Workers Who Care.

Her group is organizing the fundraiser. Shepherd said statistics show a need for deep concern about death rates among black children.

In July, the Sacramento Bee newspaper reported that between 2010 and 2015, deaths of African American children surpassed those for any other ethnic or racial group in Sacramento County.

The fifth annual Soul Stroll for Health is slated for Aug. 8 in Sacramento.

The sixth annual Soul Stroll for Health is slated for Oct. 22 in Sacramento.

Black children accounted for nearly 25 percent of child deaths during that period, even though black children under 18 made up just 11 percent of the children in that group.

The newspaper reviewed death certificates and found the death rate for black children was about three times the rate for Asians and Latinos and more than twice the rate for whites.

Pre-registration cost is $20 per person if received by Oct. 14. Registration after Oct. 14 is $25 per person cash and will only be accepted the day of the event.

Registration is required for each participant age 12 and older. Children 11 and under can walk/run for free.

Only paid participants will receive a complimentary t-shirt, bag and medal.

The walk will start at 9 a.m. at the corner of 8th and W streets.

Pre-registrants and on-site registrants can pick up t-shirts and check in for the walk on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 a.m. at Southside Park, 2115 6th St., Sacramento.

The course offers 1-mile, 2-mile and 3-mile options. Parking is available around the park.

Children 11 years and younger will receive a medal for participating in the race.

Those who register by Oct. 14 will be entered in a drawing for prizes.

To register online, go to (Sacramento County black immigrants may register for free admission for the first 50 registrants. Email

(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)

Or print and fill out the brochure below.