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 Black Infant Health Program

The Black Infant Health program exists to increase the chance of African American babies to have a healthy start in life.  We provide FREE counseling, social support, parenting education, and referrals to health services for African-American women who are 18 years or older, pregnant and parenting. The primary goal of the Berkeley Black Infant Health program is to reduce the number of low birth weight infants born to African American women in Berkeley, and increase their chances for a healthier start in life.

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The Black Infant Health Program is now located at 1900 6th Street, Berkeley, CA 94610


  • BIH_Logo_2011Assistance in finding prenatal care
  • Home visits by a community health worker and/or a public health nurse
  • Counseling for individual needs
  • Social support and empowerment classes to increase self pride and encourage self-development
  • Providing information about GED/High school diploma completion and job training
  • Assistance with transportation vouchers to and from the program
  • Referrals to, and advocacy for health and other social services that include:

       -Breastfeeding counseling
       -Family planning counseling
       -Health insurance application assistance (Medi-cal, Healthy Families)
  • Group meetings in a culturally sensitive setting, where you can meet and interact with new mothers and other women who are pregnant.  Group topics and activities include: 

  -Our Heritage Is a Source of Pride
  -Preparing for Baby
  -Our Health, Our Babies' Health
  -Healthy Relationships
  -Turning our Challenges into Power
  -Developing a Life Plan for Your Future

Outreach Flyer (PDF) | Outreach Flyer (halfsheet) (PDF)

What makes a pregnant woman at risk for having a baby who is low birth weight?

  • Black Infant HealthLittle or no prenatal care
  • Substance use / abuse
  • History of pre-term labor
  • Ongoing medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, STDs, and sickle-cell anemia
  • Stress
  • Poor nutrition
  • History of multiple births (twins, triplets,etc.)


Who is the program for?  African-American women who are 18 years or older, and pregnant or mothering a child between birth and 3 months at the time of enrollment.

Cost for services:  FREE                                                                                                         

Languages spoken:  English

Additional Information and Resources

Vera Casey Teen Parenting Program

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program 


Housing & Community Services

Get Health Insurance

California Department of Public Health Black Infant Health

2-1-1 Phone Service:   Clicking this link will take you to Eden I & R 2-1-1 services.  City of Berkeley supports the 2-1-1 Information and Referral Line to help people find affordable housing and critical social services in Berkeley and in Alameda County.

City of Berkeley Public Health Division
Black Infant Health Program
1900 6th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 981-5110 (Phone)  
(510) 981-2391 (Fax)  
(510) 981-6903 (TDD)

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM



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