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Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI)

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California Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI) is a community-driven and implemented initiative designed to address racial disparities in infant mortality by providing meaningful support and resources to Black families. While California is experiencing a decline in infant mortality, the statewide mortality rate for Black infants continues to be about two to four times higher than rates for other groups. The California Department of Public Health created PEI to address these disparities and improve health outcomes. PEI complements programs and services offered through the Black Infant Health (BIH) Program to further enhance impact and promote health equity.

Program Profile

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