The San Francisco Black Infant Health Program (SFBIHP) is hosting a dance and fundraiser, “The Joy of Our Babies,” in recognition of scores of new lives the organization has had the privilege to usher into the world, on Saturday, June 3, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The event will take place at the West Bay Conference Center, located in the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District of San Francisco’s Western Addition/Alamo Square area at 1290 Fillmore St.
“There are upwards of 400 Black babies born in San Francisco annually. Our program participants come to us pregnant, and we shepherd them through the delivery of fragile new life,” said program director Jenée Johnson.
“It is in alignment with our mission to ensure that Black mothers are well supported to acquire new health behaviors and address chronic stress and any other barriers to having a healthy baby,” said Johnson.
In San Francisco, Black babies die at three times the rate of the general population in the first year of life. They die due to being born too soon and too small.
The mission of the Black Infant Health Program is to improve birth outcomes and health disparities affecting African American women and their infants. As women complete the San program, many decide to remain in a thriving community of mothers who are raising the next generation.
To support these women, in February SFBIHP launched an alumni program to serve over 550 women who have been touched by our services since 2010 when the group intervention began.
Everyone is invited to join Black Infant at this event. Advance $25 tickets are now on sale at www.partyforsfblackinfants.eventbrite.com.