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, and 4 times more likely to have complications during pregnancy? 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.

Riverside University Health System-Public Health is trying to change that trend through its Black Infant Health Program (BIH).

Our vision “Empowering African American women, children and families for a healthier tomorrow”.

BIH was created by the California Department of Public Health, this forward-thinking program to address the high rate of infant mortality in African American babies. BIH helps to empower African American moms to make behavioral changes that lead to living a healthier lifestyles, while also empowering them to incorporate and practice effective stress-reduction strategies. BIH also helps the moms to create stronger positive connections to their heritage and with African-American women in their 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
  • Healthy refreshments provided at every session
  • Referrals to needed services within the community  

BIH Group Session Topics:

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

How to Enroll:

To enroll in this free service you must be an African American woman, 18 years or older and no more than 30 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