Black Infant Health (BIH) is one of Brighter Beginnings’ most successful programs, and today serves as a model for all similar services funded by the State of California. Our program has received numerous awards.
Our Black Infant Health Program is a group empowerment model, designed to encourage and support African American mothers to have a healthy pregnancy. BIH honors the unique history and traditions of people of African descent and will provide information that is important to African American woman. There are 20 group meetings, 10 are offered during pregnancy, and 10 sessions are offered for after the birth of the baby. Each session offers material to read at home as well as fun and interesting group activities that will explore issues related to pregnancy, birth and child development. The themes will empower you to make healthy decisions for yourself and your baby. We believe that “it takes a village to raise a child”, and we want to be part of your “village”.
Brighter Beginnings’ Family Advocates are skilled at bringing high-risk women into the program, coordinating client services, and linking clients to other community agencies for additional assistance.
Because of the relationship that grows between clients and Family Advocates, BIH participants view the healthcare system more positively. They understand the importance of their children’s health and are more motivated to seek care and health education. The result is healthier babies and children. The program aims to:
- Reduce infant mortality and morbidity rates
- Assist families in receiving perinatal and postpartum care and pediatric services for their children, as well as access to mental health, housing, and employment services
- Provide information about healthy lifestyles, relationships, and parenting to clients and their partners
You are eligible for the BIH program if you are a pregnant, African-American woman, age 18 or older clients living in Contra Costa County and can come to our Richmond Family Strengthening Center.
In the 1980s, California’s Department of Health Services discovered that African American babies in the state were three times more likely to die than White babies. In 1989, the state of California began funding BIH program in districts where children were at highest risk.
Brighter Beginnings administers this culturally sensitive outreach and case management program in Contra Costa County. The program provides case management for African American pregnant women or mothers, aged 18 and over, who are likely to have complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
For information regarding the Black Infant Health Program, call (510) 236-6990, or toll-free at 877-427-7134.