Racism, as well as social and economic stressors, play a major role in poor birth outcomes—babies born too early and too small—for Black women.
Within a culturally supportive environment, and honoring the unique history of Black women, California Black Infant Health (BIH) aims to help women have healthy babies. (Read More)
BIH implements an evidence-informed intervention that uses a group-based approach, where participants get to meet, interact and build a sisterhood with other Black women. Group sessions are complemented with client-centered life planning, goal setting and referrals to services for participants and their families. This powerful combination serves to help women enhance life skills, learn proven strategies to reduce stress and build social support. Ultimately, this two-pronged approach impacts not only participants themselves, but future generations of Black women, infants and families.
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OUR GOAL: To improve Black infant and maternal health as well as decrease health inequities in infant and maternal mortality rates.
WE SERVE: Black women who are 18 years or older and up to 30 weeks pregnant at the time of enrollment regardless of income.
SERVICE DELIVERY: Services are free and provided by Family Health Advocates, Group Facilitators, Public Health Nurses and Social Workers .
OUTCOMES: Current science supports an empowerment-focused, group-based intervention as a promising strategy for improving Black women’s birth outcomes. BIH participants report.
Federal Title V MCH Block Grant Funds, Federal Title XIX (Medicaid) Funds and State General Funds.
The program includes empowerment-focused group support services and client-centered life planning to improve the health and social conditions for Black women and their families. Activities draw from promising practices and are based on the findings of a 2010 comprehensive assessment of the BIH model .
Client-centered Life Planning:
While the BIH model historically combined group sessions with one-on-one support, participants now have the option to choose only client-centered life planning if that best meets their needs. These individual sessions are intended to further empower participants to make even healthier choices in their lives. Topics covered include: