Tuesday , July 5 2022

BIH: Valuing Black Moms and Babies


Black women at all educational and income levels give birth to more babies who weigh under 5-1/2 pounds, or who are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Watch this breakout session to learn about the Black Infant Health Program and hear healthcare workers and Black moms talk about the ways to improve Black birth outcomes for generations to come.

Meet the Panelists

About the author

Tatyana Ali
Tatyana Marisol Ali is an American actress who shot to fame with her role as Ashley Banks on the TV series ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, which she did for six seasons. She is also a passionate singer, and has been singing since she was only four. She has two albums and three singles to her credit.

About the author

Gwendolyn Manning
Gwen has served as a preventive health leader for the past 23years. She began her professional health career as a research assistant in 1996 at NOT EVEN ONE, a national violence-prevention program aimed at reducing the gun deaths of children. In 1999, she began her tenure at the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services where she has served for 20years in various leadership capacities Including program coordinator, health consumer educator, maternal and child health liaison, child passenger safety technician and women’s health advocate. Gwen currently oversees implementation of the Black Infant Health Program (BIH), one of 13statewide client-centered group interventions aimed at improving the birth outcomes of African-American infants and mothers by empowering pregnant and parenting. African-American women to make healthy life choices for themselves and their families by building on their strengths and increasing their social connections to reduce chronic stress, widely associated with adverse. African American birth outcomes.

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Angela Dixon

  • LCSW
  • Mental Health Professional with Long Beach Black Infant Health and HIV Care Clinic at the Health Dept
  • Participating on various committees under the CARES ACT; Mental Health Strategic Committee, Alternative Emergency Response Workgroup
  • Field instructor: CSULB School of Social Work

About the author

Lydia James
Los Angeles mother who has experienced Black Infant Health Programs support.