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BLACK INFANT HEALTH
A groundbreaking community health promotion and primary health care initiative, Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc. (GBBB) designed its Black Infant Health (BIH) program with a three-pronged approach to healthcare. Integrating the client, the community, and the healthcare provider to empower women of color with the necessary tools to make informed health care decisions for themselves and their families, BIH seeks to improve or eradicate African American infant mortality, premature births and low birth rates by encouraging prenatal health care, Social Support and Empowerment classes and community outreach utilizing Community Health Outreach Workers. This program services African American women ages 18 years and older, with a child up to 12 months in age.
HEALTHY MOMS AND BABIES
Picking up clients ineligible for services through BIH – teen moms, women of other ethnicities and African American women with children over age one year - Healthy Moms and Babies (HMB) is built on the BIH service delivery model, engaging in community outreach, health education, resource referrals, care coordination and social support.
Through its Beyond the Bell program, GBBB is able to provide a positive after school outlet for young children in at-risk communities. Key program components include academic instruction, homework assistance, enrichment services and physical fitness in its core two schools, Ritter Elementary and 52nd Street School.
Designed to equip fathers with the necessary skills to play an active role in the care and support of their children, GBBB’s Fatherhood Initiative launched in March 2009. Providing individual counseling, linkages to social services, employment and health providers, the Fatherhood Initiative also offers educational workshops, support groups, social activities, public policy trainings and issues-oriented town hall sessions. Visit www.fatherhoodinitiative.org.
|Mission||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.|
2012 Heroes of Health Award - California Black Health Network
2010 Certificate of Recognition - County of Los Angeles
2010 Certificate of Recognition - 33 Congressional District, Diane E. Watson
2010 Certificate of Recognition - 51st Assembly District, Assemblymember Steven Bradford
2010 Certificate of Recognition - Member of the Senate 25th District, Roderick D. Wright
2010 Certificate of Recognition - City of Los Angeles
|Products||Social Support and Empowerment Classes, Baby Basics, Sister to Sister classes are available to individuals in the program.|