African American Perinatal Health Program

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This program serves African American women and their infants up to 1 year of age. The African American Perinatal Health (AAPH) program provides culturally specific home visitation including case management and care coordination. This pregnancy and early childhood intervention program promotes improved pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and family self-sufficiency

The Public Health Nurses (PHNs) in this program understand that the health of individuals and communities directly relates to access to care as well as the social determinants of health such as housing, income, employment, education, sanitation and safety. PHN practice aims to improve the health and minimize health differences among populations by addressing the all determinants of health, understanding that equity is a key aspect. 

Services Provided

PHNs provide home visits during the women's pregnancy and first year of life.

The AAPH program has an individual or family focused goal of enhancing knowledge, changing attitudes, beliefs, practices, and behaviors by providing one-on-one support.

PHN Home Visits help with:

  • Maternal & infant assessments
  • Mother's personal health
  • Life course development
  • Promoting quality prenatal care
  • Providing postpartum support and education
  • Chronic disease management
  • Mother-child bonding
  • Linkages to community resources

To Qualify

The African American Perinatal Health Program was established to reduce disproportional African American maternal and infant mortality rates in Sacramento County. Program services are provided to pregnant African American women, residing in Sacramento County.  For more information, call the Pregnancy Referral Program toll-free at 1-888-824-BABY.

Not Applicable

Contact Information

Referral Form​

African American Perinatal Health (AAPH)
9616 Micron Ave, Suite 670
Sacramento, CA 95827 | Map
Telephone:  (916) 875-2229


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