2017-2018 Program Update

July 24, 2018
As we step into a new programmatic year, we're reflecting on accomplishments of 2017-2018 and are so proud of what we've achieved, together. We are delighted to share our program update with you!

The Parent Clinician Advisory Board All-Site Meeting

July 23, 2018
Involving patients, families and communities in the planning and implementation of research improves the quality and applicability of research findings. Unfortunately, parents and clinicians who have first-hand experience caring for infants in neonatal intensive care units NICUs rarely have the...

New Study Links Structural Racism with Increased Risk for Preterm Birth and Infant Mortality in Black Women

June 18, 2018
Racism plays a key role in perpetuating the health inequities we see in birth outcomes among Black women in California today, including preterm birth and infant death before 1 year of age. Research has suggested that higher levels of racial segregation are associated with worse birth outcomes, but...

Risk of Preterm Birth Reliably Predicted by New Test

June 12, 2018
Identifying Women at Risk in Second Trimester Could Lead to Early Treatment, Prevention Scientists at UC San Francisco have developed a test to predict a woman’s risk of preterm birth when she is between 15 and 20 weeks pregnant, which may enable doctors to treat them early and thereby prevent...

New Study Finds Drop in Preterm Births After Closing Coal, Oil Power Plants

May 25, 2018
Coal and oil power plant retirements in California associated with reduced preterm birth among populations nearby    

Health care experiences of pregnant, birthing and postnatal women of color at risk for preterm birth

May 01, 2018
Chronic stress is a known risk factor for preterm birth, yet little is known about how healthcare experiences add to or mitigate perceived stress. This study, published in Social Science & Medicine, describes the pregnancy-related healthcare experiences of 54 women of color from Fresno, Oakland...

A New Protocol for Research Priority Setting

January 17, 2018
A Novel Method for Involving Women of Color at High Risk for Preterm Birth in Research Priority Setting, published in JOVE!  

Benioff Community Innovators Program Report

December 20, 2017
This year, 10 women from San Francisco were trained in and conducted qualitative research in order to make their own recommendations to improve insecure housing for pregnant women, and prevent preterm birth! The Benioff Community Innovators went from learning to sharing at scientific conferences (...

UCSF Pledges Continued Support for DACA Students, Staff During Town Hall

September 14, 2017
University of California reacts to Trump administration's repeal of DACA program