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The mission of Great Beginnings for Black Babies is to reduce infant mortality in targeted communities by encouraging women to seek early and continuous prenatal care and to adopt healthy lifestyles; to promote the healthy development and growth of babies and children; and, to promote healthy and strengthened outcomes for families.
Great Beginnings for Black Babies' Black Infant Health (BIH) is a program that provides pregnant women in their first trimester and beyond with prenatal health education, social support, empowerment groups and referrals for free pregnancy testing, doctors, Medi-Cal/Healthy Families, WIC, community and social services, day care resources and more.
The program will host a free health resource fair, "Celebrating Healthy Babies" Friday, June 14 th beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Community Build, Inc., 4305 Degnan Blvd.
The program will also feature a Beautiful Black Baby Contest in addition to nearly 20 health vendors, free food and entertainment.
Assisting beautiful Black women in delivering healthy babies, the BIH program brings together the client, the community, and the healthcare provider to empower women of color with the necessary tools to make informed healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. Recognizing that the first three months of pregnancy are the most crucial, for 20 years BIH has improved and helped eradicate African American infant mortality, premature births and low birth rates by encouraging early and continuous prenatal healthcare.
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