BLACK fathers share what they need to be more involved in prenatal programs in this new report

We are thrilled to share a preliminary report from a recent PTBi-funded RAP project headed by Shantay Davies-Balch titled Evaluation of an adapted fatherhood curriculum to strengthen paternal involvement during pregnancy among Black men in Fresno, CA.

The purpose of the study is to evaluate an adapted fatherhood program to enhance paternal involvement during pregnancy in Fresno, CA. Fresno County has some of the largest racial/ethnic disparities in preterm birth, particularly in the Black community.

While recommendations for paternal involvement resources exist, few have been implemented and tested among Black men in Fresno.

Using a co-design process, researchers engage the experiences of Black/African American fathers in Fresno to inform adaptations of an existing fatherhood curriculum—24/7 Dad AM. After potential strategies are identified, they will pilot and evaluate the adapted program among 8 – 12 Black expecting or new fathers.

The following report is the recommendations from a two-session co-design process with four Black fathers in Fresno.

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Sessions: Every Tuesday, May 18 - Aug 3

This study is being done to understand the how to strengthen support for Black fathers in Fresno.

Among others, through the Fatherhood Legacy sessions fathers can explore topics such as: role of a father, children’s development, communication, ideal father, and healthy ways of discipline.

The Fatherhood classes and the research pilot is a collaboration between the BLACK Wellness and Prosperity Center and the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative.

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