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Black Infant Health

The goal of the BIH Program is to improve African-American infant and maternal health in California and to decrease Black: White health disparities for women and infants. The revised BIH Program is an intensive intervention that 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 in the context of a life-course perspective. BIH participants attend weekly group sessions (10 prenatal and 10 postpartum) designed to help them access their own strengths and set health promoting goals for themselves and their babies.

Who is Eligible for BIH?

  • African American Women
  • Age 18 or older
  • 26 weeks or less gestation of pregnancy
  • East and West Contra Costa County residents

What Services Does BIH Provide?

Program services are provided by Family Health Advocates, a Medical Social Worker, and a Public Health Nurse, and include:

  • Interactive Social Support & Empowerment Group sessions for the pregnancy and postpartum periods
  • Nutrition, Breastfeeding, & Infant Care Information
  • Linkages to Healthcare and Social Services through case management
  • Life Coaching & Goal Setting Exercises
  • Prenatal Yoga & Meditation Exercises to reduce stress
  • Consultation with a Medical Social Worker and Public Health Nurse
  • Transportation assistance to attend prenatal appointments & group sessions
  • Introduction to best parenting practices
  • Fun activities and Prizes!

How Can a Woman Access BIH Services?

Please call 925-313-6254 or ask your prenatal care provider for a referral to the BIH program.
BIH group sessions will be held at the following locations:

West County
Building Blocks for Kids Richmond Collaborative
310 9th street
Richmond, CA 94801

East County
Community Services Bureau
1203 West 10th St. Bldg-D
Antioch, CA 94509

For more information:

Black Infant Health
Administrative Office
597 Center Avenue, Suite 365
Martinez, CA 94553 [Map & Directions]
Phone: 925-313-6254
Fax: 925-313-6910