Black Infant Health Program


Description

The Black Infant Health Program provides service to American-born African-American women for the purpose of eliminating the disproportionate rate of African-American infant mortality in the Sacramento community. African-American women experience two-and-a-half times the rate of infant deaths than other racial and ethnic groups in our community.
 
The Black Infant Health Program provides a support group intervention 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 in 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. The support group session will 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 Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program.  Eligibility criteria is set up to serve low-income, American-born African-American pregnant and/or parenting women with children up to 3 months of age.  Pregnant teens are referred to appropriate teen mother programs unless they state they would prefer the Black Infant Health Program.  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) 876-5504
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