Black Infant Health Program

Did you know that in Riverside County African American women are 1.3 times more likely to go into preterm labor? Infants born to African American mothers are nearly two times as likely to be born at a low birth weight. Worst of all, that same infant is at a great risk to die within the first year of life compared to babies of other ethnic groups.

The Riverside County Department of Public Health is trying to change that trend through
 its Black Infant Health Program (BIH).

Created by the California Department of Public Health, this forward-thinking program addresses the high rate of infant mortality
among African American families through a group-based, intervention model.  

BIH Program Goals:

  • Reduce African American Infant Mortality
  • Improve the health and well-being of African American women and babies
  • Eliminate Health Disparities in the African American community 

BIH Services include:

  • 10 prenatal and 10 postpartum educational groups sessions
  • Groups sessions provide social support and empowerment
  • Public Health Nurse and Medical Social Worker support
  • Health Educators provide health education in group sessions
  • and support women with attaining personal goals
  • Transportation assistance  

Topics include breastfeeding, SIDS awareness, healthy eating, exercise, chronic disease prevention, exercise, healthy relationships, family planning, stress management, empowerment and goal-setting.              

To enroll in this free service you must be an African American woman, 18 years or older and no more than 26 weeks pregnant.  To learn more about the Black Infant Health Program, please call 951.210.1385 or complete the referral form and fax to: 951.210.1348 or email to:

Department of Public Health
Riverside County Public Health Nursing / MCAH
Health Administration Building | 4065 County Circle Drive, Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 358-5438 | Fax (951) 358-4762