How Can We Close the Racial Gap in Preterm Birth Rates?: Opportunities for Intervention


Persistent Black/white disparities in preterm birth require community- and individual-level intervention. Through a socio-ecologic lens, our February Collaboratory speakers will explore potential drivers of these disparities as well as strategies that we can actively pursue to achieve birth equity.



4:30 - 5:00pm | Refreshments served

5:00 - 7:00pm | Presentations and discussion


Paula Braveman

Paula Braveman, MD, MPH is Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center for Health Equity (UCSF). For more than 25 years, Dr. Braveman has studied and published extensively on health equity and the social determinants of health, and has worked to bring attention to these issues in the U.S. and internationally. Her research has focused on measuring, documenting, understanding, and addressing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities, particularly in maternal and infant health. 


Arnold Chandler

Arnold L. Chandler is an advocate, researcher, trainer and strategy consultant who for more than 15 years has helped nonprofits and foundations advance programs and policies focused on social and economic equity. He has been working on efforts to improve the health and well-being of boys and men of color specifically since 2007. Recently, he was a Senior Policy Associate with the Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at U.C. Berkeley Law School working on policies to improve the lives of Boys and Men of color across California. Chandler’s work is focused on mission impact strategy, evidence-based practices, and leadership development for social change and equity-focused organizations. As a researcher and policy strategist, Chandler has also authored several important policy analyses and studies in the social justice field as well as advised several nonprofit organizations on the use of Internet tools for supporting advocacy and social change efforts.


Remote Access

Our Collaboratories are available for full participation online. If you're not able to make it in person, please join us online through Zoom. You may register for a remote access ticket, here. Remote participation information:

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Meeting ID: 757 433 509

US: +1 669 900 6833

CME Credits will be available.

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