Black Infant Health Program
Within a culturally affirming environment and honoring the unique history of African American women, the Black Infant Health (BIH) Program uses a group-based approach with complementary client-centered case management to help women develop life skills, learn strategies for reducing stress, and build social support. BIH participants participate in weekly group sessions, supported by one-to-one case management, designed to help access their own strengths and set health-promoting goals for themselves and their babies.
Current BIH Guidelines For Participation
- Self-identify as African-American
- 16 years of age or older
- Pregnant or up to six months postpartum
- Resident of San Bernardino County
Refer A Woman To BIH
Complete the Program Referral Form.
(Download and submit electronically; For inquiries please email: BIH@dph.sbcounty.gov)
(To complete the fillable BIH Referral Form via an iPhone, you may need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader or Acrobat DC and the Safari browser.)
San Bernardino and Riverside Counties Partner to Launch Black Maternal Health Equity Campaign
The Perinatal Equity Initiatives (PEI) of Riverside and San Bernardino counties have partnered to launch a maternal health equity campaign to increase awareness of the growing number of maternal and infant mortality in the Black community.
The campaign’s theme is Rallying Around Sisters: Redefining and Strengthening the Village, intentionally chosen to highlight the importance of community in combating the alarming statistics related to Black maternal and infant mortality.
Help us spread the word! View and download our campaign’s toolkit here. You will find more information about the campaign as well as photos and sample text for social media posts.
PEI was implemented to enhance the services of the Black Infant Health (BIH) Program. The PEI interventions provided by San Bernardino and Riverside counties focus on: Doulas/Midwifery, fatherhood/partner, home visiting and implicit bias. The Initiative aims to reach Black women who are unable to participate in the Black Infant Program through free services provided by community-based organizations.