Programs and Services


S.T.E.P. began in 2002 and is a peer-led support and empowerment group that addresses health and social inequities for African American parenting women in our community. Many STEP women start their journey through the Black Infant Health, (BIH) Program, who we partner with and provide support to their women. STEP Leadership provides continued education on issues such as access to essential goods and services, i.e., housing, education, job training, school readiness, and health information. Our “kitchen table” talks provide opportunities to share information and experiences.  Please join our Sisters’ Circle! We meet every 4th Thursday, 6-8PM at The Rec. Room, 3222 Adeline Street, in Berkeley Childcare, food and support is provided…


The Community Health Worker Preparation training is a fun, interactive and co-learning experience. It builds upon the strengths, skills and leadership capacities of our program participants who are interested in advocating for and providing peer support, networking, information, and resources to African American parents and their families.  Our health education and prevention topics include breastfeeding, nutrition, prenatal/postpartum health, stress management, health equity and career development. To empower our families to become leaders and advocates to take action in bringing positive change in their community, we provide topics in leadership, problem solving, navigating complicated systems, community organizing and outreach and social, economic and environmental justice.  The training is funded by the San Francisco Foundation. The training also better prepares participants to pursue a Community Health Worker Certificate from an accredited college while encouraging positive social change.


HBF, Inc., in partnership with the Center for Food, Faith and Justice are working together to create an atmosphere of healthy eating and drinking for our families and community and to foster a cultural change in our communities that supports the elimination of health inequities created by the predatory proliferation of soda and junk food in our communities.

“Thirsty for Change!” is engaging African Americans in South and West Berkeley through providing a broad array of fun and creative activities for parents, their children and families to improve the health of our community through nutritious foods, cooking, community gardening and art. Our approach includes listening to our community needs and ideas, creating youth water ambassadors, conducting workshops on “Soil to Soul gardening”, engaging in art, poetry and artistic activities for community education and sustaining ourselves through publishing our evaluation findings to community and civic leaders to encourage continuous healthy behavior and policy change to improve our health.

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