Giving Babies a Great Start in Life!
What is Black Infant Health?
The Black Infant Health Program (BIH) was established by the California Department of Public Health to address the alarming rate of infant mortality among African-American babies. The Program is run locally by the Public Health Department and includes a multidisciplinary team of public health nurses, health educators, and community workers who provide comprehensive case management and other services to African-American women who are pregnant or parenting a child who is under the age of one.
While the overall goal of the Black Infant Health Program is to reduce infant mortality, services have been expanded to target the needs of the entire family. For example, the Program’s Role of Men Project
addresses the special needs of fathers. Please visit our Additional BIH Workshops page for more information!
The Black Infant Health Program includes the following services:
- Monthly home visits from a public health nurse and community advocate.
- Referrals for health care and other community resources
- Education and support to reduce the risks of problems such as breastfeeding difficulties, cradle cap, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Free classes, support groups, and workshops
- Networking opportunities with other families
Who is Eligible?
Any income level
Pregnant women or those with children <3 months old
Those willing to participate in group empowerment sessions with other pregnant/parenting women
For more information about BIH, call: 408-937-2270 or email Beverley White-Macklin, BIH Manger, at Beverley.White@phd.sccgov.org.