About Black Infant Health

Since 1991, the Fresno County Department of Public Health’s Black Infant Health (BIH) Program, one of 17 BIH programs in California, has worked to decrease the infant mortality rate in our African-American community. Infant mortality refers to the death of infants before their first birthday. It is expressed as a rate by the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births in the same year. African Americans have more than two times the infant mortality rate as non-Hispanic whites.

Fresno BIH Program Goal:  To increase your baby’s chances for a healthy start in life.

The BIH Program promotes:
  • Early and continuous doctor visits during pregnancy;
  • Good nutrition for mother and baby with an emphasis on breastfeeding for the baby’s first year of life;
  • Avoidance of alcohol and tobacco products, as well as illegal drugs.

Who is Eligible?
  • Pregnant African-American women
  • Residents of Fresno County
  • Services provided at no cost



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