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Mission


The California Black Infant Health (BIH) Program aims to improve health among Black mothers and babies by empowering pregnant and mothering Black women to make healthy choices for a brighter future.

Black Maternal Health & Birth Statistics


Black babies have higher rates of infant mortality, low birth weight, and prematurity than any other ethnic group.

One in every seven Black infants in California is born too soon and too small.

Black babies are more than twice as likely as White babies to die before their first birthdays.

Black women at all income levels and social statuses experience worse birth outcomes.

Black women are much more likely than White women to die of pregnancy related complications.

Who We Serve


The BIH Program focuses exclusively on empowering Black and African American women by connecting them with the vital care and support needed to promote healthy behaviors during pregnancy and continuing after her baby is born.

Program Services

  • 20 culturally affirming group sessions
  • 10 intimate sessions for pregnant women
  • 10 intimate sessions after baby is born
  • Healthy meals at each session
  • Support Services from a Public Health Nurse and/or Mental Health Professional
  • Individual Client Plan / Life Plan To Help Women Plan for Their Future
  • Health and Family Support Referrals
  • Case Management with One-on-One Support
  • Incentives and Resources

All services are free.

Program Eligibility


16 years
or older

Up to 6 months after birth to enroll into case management or Postpartum Group

Black
woman

Currently 30 weeks pregnant or less to enroll into Prenatal Group

  • When I started BIH I was in a lonely place. The best things for me about BIH are the love they give, the respect, the listening, and the ability to help me with social development because I didn’t know anyone here in Fresno. That was truly helpful.

    Program Participant

  • I loved the weekly group meetings with the other moms. I wish it was longer.

    Program Participant

  • What I liked best about the BIH program was the fact that I got to connect with others and feel free to be open about certain topics.

    Program Participant

  • All the women who run the program have such great energy. It feels good to be around people who are so supportive and resourceful.

    Program Participant

  • BIH gave me a brand new perspective on being a first time mom and that it’s ok to make mistakes.

    Program Participant

    Where You Can Find Us


    Services are provided in communities where over 90% of Black births occur. Locate your nearest BIH program to learn more or enroll today!

    Alameda County

    Alameda County Public Health Department
    Shamelle Bremond

    1100 San Leandro Blvd.
    San Leandro, CA 94577
    (510) 618-2019
    Shamelle.bremond@acgov.org

    Contra Costa County

    Contra Costa Health Services
    597 Center Avenue, Suite 365
    Martinez, CA 94553

    Anisha Johnson
    (925) 313-6434
    Anisha.johnson@cchealth.org

    Lonni Watkins
    (925) 313-6198
    Lonni.watkins@cchealth.org

    Fresno County

    Fresno County Department of Public Health
    Megan Black

    142 E. California
    Fresno, CA 93706
    (559) 600-1021
    Meblack@fresnoca.gov

    Kern County

    Kern County Department of Public Health
    Zarreah Brown

    1800 Mount Vernon Avenue
    Bakersfield, CA 93306
    (661) 868-1208
    brownz@kerncounty.com

    Los Angeles County

    The Children’s Collective, Inc.
    Marquita Jones

    3701 Stocker Street, Suite 302
    Los Angeles, CA 90008
    (323) 238-3205
    mjones@childrenscollective.org

    Los Angeles County

    Children’s Bureau of Southern California
    Dorelle Arnwine

    915 West Avenue J
    Lancaster, CA 93534
    (661) 341-3057
    dorellearnwine@all4kids.org

    Los Angeles County

    City of Pasadena Public Health Department
    Monette Clark

    1845 N Fair Oaks Avenue
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    (626) 744-6134
    mclark@cityofpasadena.net

    City of Long Beach

    City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
    Joann Rasco

    3820 Cherry Avenue
    Long Beach, CA 90807
    (562) 570-4323
    Joann.rasco@longbeach.gov

    Riverside County

    County of Riverside Public Health Nursing
    Jessica Biggs

    4065 County Circle Drive, MCAH Suite 208
    Riverside, CA 92503
    (951) 318-3932
    Jbiggs@ruhealth.org

    Sacramento County

    Sacramento County Public Health
    Donyale Abe

    9616 Micron Ave, Suite 670
    Sacramento, CA 95827
    (916) 875-5289
    abed@saccounty.net

    San Bernardino County

    San Bernardino Department of Public Health
    Jasmine Winn

    351 N. Mt View Ave, 2nd Fl
    San Bernardino, CA 92415
    (909) 387-6478
    Jasmine.Winn@dph.sbcounty.gov

    San Diego County

    San Diego County
    Janaia Bruce

    286 Euclid Avenue, Suite 308
    San Diego, CA 92214
    (619) 266-7466
    bih@neighborhoodhouse.org

    San Francisco County

    San Francisco Department of Public Health
    Alyssa Jones-Garner

    30 Van Ness, Suite 260
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (628) 217-5387
    bih@sfdph.org

    San Joaquin County

    San Joaquin County Health Services
    Doreatia Hart

    420 S Wilson Way
    Stockton, CA 95205
    (209) 468-2169
    dhart@sjcphs.org

    Santa Clara County

    Santa Clara County Public Health Department
    Beverley White-Macklin

    1993 McKee Rd, Building B
    San Jose, CA 95116
    (408) 937-2288
    Beverly.White@phd.sccgov.org

    Solano County

    Solano County Public Health
    Sakari Lyons-Glenn

    355 Tuolumne Street
    Vallejo, CA 94590
    (707) 553-5055
    sdlyons@solonocounty.com

    For More Information


    For more information, use the location directory above to find your local contact or visit the California Black Infant Health program online

    BIH is funded by the California Department of Public Health's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program with support from local health jurisdictions administering the programs as well as other public and private agencies.

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