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Program Helps Black Women Have Healthy Babies

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Aired 4/19/09

Maureen Cavanaugh : For 20 years, the Black Infant Health Program in California has been working with mothers and their babies to keep them both healthy and thriving. And the program has had a lot of success in its time.

But the challenge remains because African-American babies in the state still face a tougher time statistically than white infants. They are more likely to be born prematurely, with a low birth rate and the saddest statistic of all is that the black infant mortality rate is still alarmingly high.

As we mark Black Infant Health week, we'll talk about why so many black infants are still at risk, and what's being done about it.

The Family Health Centers of San Diego is having an open house for the Black Infant Health Program today, Tuesday, February 17, 2009, from noon-4pm.

Guests

  • Dr. Lisa Lipschitz , OB/GYN for Family Health Centers of San Diego.
  • Barbara Greer , program director for the Black Infant Health Program for the Family Health Centers.

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