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Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI)

African American family

In June 2018, recognizing the continued statewide gap in rates of infant mortality when comparing Black infants to other racial groups, the Governor signed legislation establishing the California Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI) within the California Department of Public Health. While significant declines in infant mortality have been achieved, the rate of mortality among Black infants continues to be two to four times higher than the rates for other groups statewide.

PEI Interventions

The establishment of PEI aims to address the causes of persistent inequality in birth outcomes and to identify best practices to eliminate disparities in infant mortality. PEI supports and promotes the implementation of specific interventions designed to complement current programming offered through the Black Infant Health (BIH) Group Model and that have shown evidence-based or evidence-informed promise in reducing racial health disparities in birth outcome among Black women.

The legislation provides funding to 11 county health departments to fund community based organizations who will in turn implement at least two of five legislated intervention categories Each LHJ will implement at least two of the five interventions during the PEI funding cycle.

The five legislated intervention categories are: 

  • Evidence-based or evidence-informed group prenatal care
  • Pregnancy intentionality, preconception, and interconception care
  • Fatherhood or partnership initiatives
  • Evidence-based or evidence-informed home visitation programs (inclusive of case management)
  • Other (a strategy not identified above, but based on local needs and resources such as the inclusion of mental health and/or other wrap around services including but not limited to assessment, personalized case management, doulas, patient navigator, access to evidence-based interventions that reduce preterm birth and infant mortality, etc.)

Community Engagement Meetings

As a first step toward implementing the PEI, Community Engagement Meetings were held to obtain and gain perspective from our county partners on their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that affect the quality of health for African-American women and infants.

These Community Engagement Meetings allowed the State to hear directly from community partners, and included participation from local Black Infant Health programs, local home visiting programs from BIH communities, social service programs; and other relevant local community groups and interested stakeholders.

Where We Are

Each participating PEI site is required to maintain a Community Advisory Board as well as to develop a public awareness campaign about their intervention efforts. For further information about PEI activities, please visit the county websites.
PEI programs operate in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Los Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara.

Alameda County Public Health Department
(888) 604-4636 (Toll Free)

Kiko Malin, Project Director
1000 Broadway, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 208-5979
Fax: (510) 267-3270
Email: Christina.malin@acgov.org

Contra Costa Health Services
(800) 696-9644 (Toll Free)

Natalie Berbick, PEI Coordinator
597 Center Avenue, Suite 365
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: (925) 313-6254
Fax: (925) 313-6708
Email: Natalie.Berbick@cchealth.org

Fresno Department of Public Health
(800) 640-0333 (Toll Free)

Rose Mary Rahn, Project Director, MCAH Director
PO Box 11867
Fresno, CA 93775
Phone: (559) 600-6340
Email: rrahn@co.fresno.ca.us

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
(800) 427-8700 (Toll Free)

Raena Grandberry, PEI Coordinator
600 South Commonwealth Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone: (213) 639-6400
Email: rgrandberry@ph.lacounty.gov

Riverside County Department of Public Health   
(800) 794-4814 (Toll Free)

Curley Palmer, PEI Coordinator
4065 County Circle Drive, Suite 208
Riverside, CA 92503
Phone: (951) 358-5483
Fax: (951) 358-4762
Email: Cupalmer@ruhealth.org

Sacramento Health and Human Services
(888) 824-2229 (Toll Free)

Donyale Abe, PEI Coordinator
9616 Micron Avenue, Suite 950
Sacramento, CA 95827
Phone: (916) 875-7911
Fax: (916) 875-0860
Email: AbeD@saccounty.net

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health
(800) 227-3034 (Toll Free)

Elizabeth Sneed-Berrie, PEI Coordinator
606 East Mills Street
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Phone: (909) 383-3021
Fax: (909) 388-0111
Email: elizabeth.sneed-berrie@dph.sbcounty.gov

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency
(800) 675-2229 (Toll Free)

Rhonda Freeman, Project Director
3851 Rosecrans Street, Suite 522, MS: P511H
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 692-8819
Fax: (619) 692-8827
Email: rhonda.freeman@sdcounty.ca.gov

San Francisco Department of Public Health
(800) 300-9950 (Toll Free)

Aline Armstrong, Project Director, MCAH Director
30 Van Ness Ave, Suite 260
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 575-5671
Email: aline.armstrong@sfdph.org

County of Santa Clara Public Health Department
(800) 310-2332 (Toll Free)

Rhoda Blankenship, Project Director, MCAH Director
1993B McKee Road
San Jose, CA 95116
Phone: (408) 937-2266
Fax: (408) 937-2252
Email: Rhoda.Blankenship@phd.sccgov.org

San Joaquin County Public Health Services
(800) 698-2304 (Toll Free)

Reanna Wyatt, PEI Coordinator
P.O. Box 2009
Stockton, CA, 95201
Phone: (209) 468-3050
Email: rwyatt@sjcphs.org

Questions regarding the PEI? Contact Us:

Call the MCAH Division at (866) 241‑0395

Physical address:
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division
1615 Capitol Ave, Suite 73.560
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing address:
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division
PO Box 997420, MS 8300
Sacramento, CA 95899-7420
Fax: (916) 650-0305

Email:
perinatalequityinitiative@cdph.ca.gov

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