Black Infant Health (BIH) Program

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For more information, call 619-542-4039 or send us an email

Purpose: The San Diego County Black Infant Health (BIH) program works to improve African-American infant and maternal health, as well as decrease Black-White inequities and social inequities for women and infants.

BIH is part of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) and is required by the following authorities: Senate Bill (SB165); Health & Safety Code, Section 131051(d)(4); and California Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 14148.9(c-d).

Facilities where this Service is Offered

Black Infant Health
286 Euclid Avenue, Suite 308, San Diego, CA 92114
Phone: (619) 266-7466 | Fax: (619) 262-9188
Email: bih@neighborhoodhouse.org

About BIH

San Diego County's BIH contractor, Neighborhood House Association (NHA), provides direct BIH services in specific zip codes in San Diego County. The program uses a group-based approach with complementary client-centered case management to help women develop life skills, learn strategies for reducing stress, and build social support. Pregnant African-American women benefit from the program by becoming empowered to make positive choices in their life, not only for themselves, but for their families and communities.    

Goals

Did you know that compared to San Diego County infants overall, African-American infants* are:

  • 1.3 times more likely to be born premature?
  • Over 1.5 times more likely to be born with low birthweight?
  • More than 1.5 times as likely to die during their first year of life? 

The BIH program aims to improve health among African-American mothers and babies by:

  • Reducing African-American infant deaths.
  • Empowering women, building resilience, reducing stress, and increasing social support throughout the life course.
  • Promoting healthy behaviors to support health, wellness, and relationships.
  • Promoting healthy relationships and enhance bonding and parenting skills. 
  • Connecting women with medical, social, economic, and mental health services. 
  • Engaging communities to raise community awareness and mobilize community action to support BIH efforts and improve conditions for African American women and their families. 

*Statistics prepared by: County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Services, Maternal, Child, and Family Health Services. Source: State of California, Department of Public Health, Health Information and Research Section, Birth and Death Statistical Master Files. 

Services

All BIH services are at NO COST and include:   

  • 10-week prenatal sessions for pregnant women.
  • 10-week postpartum sessions for new moms.
  • Healthy meals, transportation assistance, and other supportive resources during sessions.
  • Individual client plans that address the most important concerns in a woman's life.
  • Referrals to Public Health Nursing and other health and social services.

Eligibility

  • African-American women 
  • 26 or fewer weeks pregnant (30 weeks maximum)
  • 18 years of age or older
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Meet the BIH Team

(Front row, left to right): Barbara Greer (Family Health Advocate), Mary Grant (Public Health Nurse)

(Back row, left to right): Sheliah Wills (Mental Health Professional), DeAna Rentie (Family Health Advocate), Alison Workman (Family Health Advocate), Tamara Myers (Family Health Advocate), Janaia Bruce (Community Outreach Liaison), Tracee Roy (Office Assistant), Iris Payne (Program Director)

 

What Participants Are Saying

  • "I tell others about my great experiences in the BIH program and use what I learned to help me be a better, less stressed wife and mother."
  • "The skills I learned from BIH are eating habits, physical health, and more."
  • "I've learned a lot about being a new mom from the program. The program is very informational."

Resources and Links

  • BIH is part of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Division. For more information, visit the CDPH BIH website at: https://archive.cdph.ca.gov/programs/BIH/Pages/default.aspx.
  • Every Woman California is a website that provides information about health considerations for women and their partners before they become pregnant for the first time or between pregnancies. More information is available at http://everywomancalifornia.org.
  • For a sample of the Preconception/Interconception Health Tools to increase knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices that impact health and pregnancy outcomes call 619-542-4050.

For more information, call 619-542-4039 or send us an email.

 

Webpage last updated 07/13/2017