Black Infant Health

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Black Infant Health

BIH Image for WebsiteThe San Diego County Black Infant Health Program (BIH), operated by the Neighborhood House Association, provides services to pregnant and parenting African-American women to help ensure that all babies are born healthy with the goal of reducing the black infant mortality rate. Mothers-to-be and new moms participate in 10 week prenatal and postpartum groups and benefit from other valuable referrals, incentives, and life-planning activities that encourage them to make heathy life choices for themselves and their families.

According to County statistics, African-American infants are more than twice as likely to die during their first year of life compared to all of San Diego County’s infants combined. The goal of the Black Infant Health program is to decrease the African-American infant mortality rate, empower women to build resilience and reduce stress, increase the health and wellness of African-American mothers and children, and increase awareness of African-American infant health disparities.

Program Services:

  • Participation in 10-week prenatal and 10-week postpartum groups

— Topics Include: stress reduction, breast feeding, infant and toddler CPR, infant nurturing and bonding, developing and maintaining healthy relationships, and social empowerment

  • Help finding prenatal and well-child care
  • Referrals to Public Health Nursing and other health and social service resources for pregnant women
  • Obtain individual case management and services based on client needs — client plans that address each woman’s concerns
  • Healthy meals, transportation assistance, and other supportive resources during group sessions
  • Receive referrals for health check-ups, emergency clothes, food, housing, and more

Eligibility:

African-American women ages 18  and older who are 30 weeks or fewer pregnant are eligible.

Payment:

Services are provided at no cost to clients.

Visit the San Diego County Black Infant Health Care website here.