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Black Infant Health

The Black Infant Health program aims to improve health among African American mothers and babies and to reduce cultural disparities by encouraging African American women who are pregnant or mothers of newborns to make healthy choices for themselves, their families and their communities. The program currently exists in 15 counties where more than 75 percent of California's African American live births occur. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health uses a street-based prenatal care outreach strategy for its Black Infant Health Program.

Who is served by this program?

The Black Infant Health Program serves African American women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. Women who are 18 or older and live in a local health jurisdiction can receive services up to three months after the birth of their baby.

What kinds of services are provided?

Clients receive home visits, referrals to family support services, health education, group intervention and complementary case management to improve the health and social conditions for themselves and their families. The group intervention includes 20 sessions: 10 prenatal and 10 following the birth of the baby. The sessions are designed to empower and support African American women by providing information and skills in a culturally relevant manner.

Along with the outreach intervention, some clients also enroll in Social Support and Empowerment (SSE). In this classroom-style intervention, clients attend eight sessions that are designed to increase self-awareness and self-esteem via facilitated group discussions, peer support and personal skills development.

Who is funded under this program?

How does Black Infant Health address First 5 LA's four goal areas?

Black Infant Health addresses the First 5 LA goal area that children are born healthy. Using a culturally relevant approach, the program provides support and resources for African American women so that they can take better care of themselves during and immediately following pregnancy, resulting in healthier births.

Read more about our evaluation of Black Infant Health.

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