Black Infant Health

San Diego County
Black Infant Health Program

Empowering pregnant and mothering Black women to make healthy choices

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About The San Diego County Black Infant Health Program

The San Diego County Black Infant Health Program (BIH) provides prenatal and postpartum services for expectant African American mothers by ensuring that black babies are born healthy. Participants enroll in 10-weeks of prenatal and postpartum groups, receive valuable community referrals, incentives, and life-planning activities that encourage them to make healthy life choices for themselves and their families.  

 The goal of BIH is to: 

  • increase awareness of African American infant health and social disparities 
  • increase the health and wellness of African American mothers and children 
  • decrease African American infant mortality 
  • empower expectant mothers through education 
  • build resiliency of African American women 
  • reduce stress of African American women 


  • 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


  • Self-identify as Black or African American 16 years of age or older
  • Pregnant or up to 6 months postpartum


Services are provided at no cost to clients.

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

contact details

Our Offices

San Diego County Black Infant Health Program

Director: Iris Payne, MPH
286 Euclid Ave., Suite 308
San Diego, CA 92114
Phone: (619) 880-3591
Fax: (619) 262-9188 

Business hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.