Black Infant Health Program


Description

The Black Infant Health Program provides services to American-born African American women for the purpose of eliminating the disproportionate rate of African American infant mortality in the Sacramento County community. African American women experience two-and-a-half times the rate of infant deaths compared to other racial and ethnic groups in our community. 

The Black Infant Health Program provides a support group that encourages empowerment and social support in the context of a life course perspective. In addition, social service case management is provided to ensure access to community and health-related services. The services provided by the Black Infant Health Program are done in a culturally-relevant manner that respects the woman’s beliefs and cultural values while promoting overall health and wellness. Support group sessions cover the following topics:

  • African American history
  • Understanding and managing stress
  • Resources and services in the community
  • Myths vs. medical facts related to pregnancy
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Fetal development/danger signs of early labor
  • Breastfeeding
  • Parenting styles
  • Baby safety
  • Postpartum depression and baby blues
  • Nurturing touch and its impact on bonding
  • Intimate relationship issues including improving communication
  • Sexual health
  • Planning for your future/goal setting

To Qualify

​The Black Infant Health Program is established through funding from the California Department of Public Health's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program. Program services are provided to pregnant African American women, 18 years and older, residing in Sacramento County. Pregnant teens are referred to appropriate teen mother programs. For more information, call the Pregnancy Referral Program toll-free at 1-888-824-BABY.


Cost

Not Applicable

Contact Information

9616 Micron Ave Suite 670
Sacramento
CA
95827
(916) 875-2229
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