The Intersection of Race Inequity and Redlining

June 23, 2020
Photo Credit: USC Digital Library "This tract is exclusive and restricted," circa Sept. 28, 1950, Los Angeles The intersection of Race Inequity and Redlining was an OBGYN Grand Rounds presentation that took place on June 9, 2020 by LaWanda Welsey. 

Listening to Women of Color: Recommendations to Improve Experiences in Pregnancy and Birth Care

June 22, 2020
Findings from Listening to Women: Recommendations from Women of Color to Improve Experiences in Pregnancy and Birth Care are described by the author and PTBi researcher, Molly Altman. Additional authors include Monica R. McLemore, Talita Oseguera, Audrey Lyndon, and Linda S. Franck. Abstract...

Introducing Our New Executive Director!

June 18, 2020
Dear PTBi Community, It gives me tremendous pleasure to be able to share with you that, beginning July 1st, Alexis Cobbins will become The California Preterm Birth initiative’s new Executive Director. The PTBi team and I could not be more thrilled. CONGRATULATIONS, ALEXIS!!!

Announcing our new RAP Grantees

June 09, 2020
A part of our mission to reduce disparities in preterm birth rates and improve outcomes for babies who are born too soon is realized by funding innovative projects in prematurity research. Once a year, in spring, we accept applications through the UCSF Research Allocation Program (RAP) in two...

Reaffirming Our Commitment

June 08, 2020
Dear PTBi Community,   Apologies for our external silence. The events that have unfolded over the last couple of weeks have had an immense impact on our team, and we needed time to speak internally with each other and express our collective rage, frustration, and sadness. We needed to prioritize...

NICU Single Family Rooms Improves Parent Outcomes

June 08, 2020
Findings from Family Integrated Care for Preterm Infants are described by the author and PTBi researcher, Linda Franck. Additional authors include Chandra Waddington and Karel O'Brien. What is important or unique about this study?

My Response to the Collective Trauma We Are All Experiencing Right Now

June 08, 2020
The below message was excerpted from an email sent from PTBi Community Engagement Specialist, Daphina Melbourne, to PTBi's Community Advisory Board on May 28th, 2020. Hello, My Sisters, 

COVID-19 Community Organizing in Fresno and the Bay Area

June 08, 2020
To address the inequities that COVID-19 has further revealed in Black and Brown communities, organizations and community movements are rapidly adapting their work and finding creative solutions to meet the needs of their neighbors.

Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd: Questioning Humanity and Coping with Brutality

By Alexis Cobbins, PTBi Interim Program Director on May 29, 2020
Credit: Facebook Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. Many of us know their names well. And if you don’t, please take the time to look them up, study the facts and hold them in your memory. Now think about what you would say to your children if they asked what happened to Breonna,...

mFICare's Creative Solutions to Support NICU Parents During COVID Featured in Local TV News

May 28, 2020
"While social distancing has become the new normal during the coronavirus pandemic, for families in one of the Bay Area's premiere infant care units, it's become critical. The staff at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is going to extraordinary lengths to keep parents and their infants connected,...