Black Infant Health Program

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

Purpose: The San Diego County Black Infant Health (BIH) program provides services to African-American pregnant women. BIH works to ensure that African-American babies are born healthy and have the opportunity to grow into healthy children. The San Diego County BIH program 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).

Goals of the Program

  • Reduce African-American infant deaths
  • Empower women, build resilience, reduce stress, and increase social support throughout the life course
  • Promote healthy behaviors to support health, wellness, and relationships
  • Promote healthy relationships and enhance bonding and parenting skills
  • Connect women with medical, social, economic, and mental health services
  • Engage communities to raise community awareness and mobilize community action to support BIH efforts and improve conditions for African-American women and their families

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

About the Black Infant Health Program
The County’s BIH contractor, Neighborhood House Association (NHA), provides direct BIH services in specific zip codes in San Diego County. 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.    

Program Services

  • 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
  • 18 years of age or older

All BIH services are at NO COST.  

Resources and Links

  • BIH is part of the California Department of Public Health Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Division.  More information is available from the State.
  • 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
  • Preconception/Interconception Health Tool to increase knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices that impact health and pregnancy outcomes. Call 619-542-4050 for samples.

 

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