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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
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.
- Conceptual Framework
- Journey Infographic
- Mom and Baby Program Poster
- Baby Program Poster
- Referral Form | Fillable
- Materials Order Form
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.
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.
- African-American women
- 26 or fewer weeks pregnant (30 weeks maximum)
- 18 years of age or older