Black Infant Health Program (BIH)
For more information, call 619-692-8430 or send an email.
The San Diego County Black Infant Health Program (BIH) works to improve African-American infant and maternal health, as well as decrease Black-White health 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).
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
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?
BIH is contracted to Neighborhood House Association (NHA) to provide direct BIH services in San San Diego County. Within a culturally affirming environment and honoring the unique history of African-American women, BIH aims to help women have healthy babies. The program uses a group-based approach with complementary client-centered case management to help participants develop life skills, strategies to reduce 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 future generations of African-American women, infants, and communities.
- Journey with BIH Infographic
- Materials Order Form
- Referral Form | Fillable
*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.
BIH 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.
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.
Meet the BIH Team
- BIH and MCFHS Coordinator: Adrienne Yancey
- Program Director: Iris Payne
- Public Health Nurse: Mary Grant
- Mental Health Professional: Deborah Fitch
- Community Outreach Liaison: Janaia Bruce
- Family Health Advocate/Group Facilitator: Barbara Greer, Tamara Myers, DeAna Rentie, Alison Workman.
- Office Assistant: Tracee Roy
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."
I Want to Sign Up!
If you are eligible and would like to learn more about enrolling in BIH, please fill out the following form or call BIH at 619-266-7466. You will receive a call from BIH soon in follow-up.
- 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://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CFH/DMCAH/BIH/Pages/default.aspx.
- The Perinatal Care Network (PCN) is a toll-free phone line that links pregnant women to needed services and resources. For more information, call 1-800-675-2229.
For more information, call 619-692-8430 or send us an email.
Webpage last updated 12/16/2019