PTBi Fellow Awarded UCSF Faculty Position

March 24, 2021
We are thrilled to announce that our current Transdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Martha Tesfalul, MD, has gained a faculty position in the UCSF Maternal Fetal Medicine Division!

PTBi's New Fresno Community Engagement Associate, Kendalyn Mack-Franklin

March 24, 2021
The UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative is thrilled to announce that we have appointed our new Fresno Community Engagement Associate, Kendalyn Mack-Franklin.

Police Violence Impacts the Health of Black Infants

March 10, 2021
Findings from Occurrence of fatal police violence during pregnancy and hazard of preterm birth in California are described by lead author Dana Goin. Additional authors include Anu Manchikanti Gomez, Kriszta Farkas, Catherine Duarte, Deborah Karasek, Brittany D. Chambers, Andrea V. Jackson, Jennifer...

Choosing to Challenge

March 05, 2021
Pictured: Solaire, her mother and brother. Source: Solaire Spellen* I was born and raised in the South Bronx.

Solidarity Against White Supremacy

February 26, 2021
Dear community,  As a Black-centered multicultural organization dedicated to fighting racism to improve BIPOC birth outcomes, we stand in solidarity with all BIPOC who suffer violence, discrimination, and prejudice as a result of white supremacy. 

Refer Your Patients to the Black Infant Health Program

February 24, 2021
The San Francisco Department of Public Health's Black Infant Health Program is sharing their updated referral form for providers and community-based organizations. 

Women's Heart Health Awareness Month and Its Impact on PTBi Team Members

February 04, 2021
Daphina Melbourne, PTBi's Community Engagement Specialist, shares her experience losing a friend to peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) in honor of Women's Heart Health Awareness Month. 

Black Preterm Babies Born Between 32-36 Weeks are 60% More Likely to Die Following Discharge

January 30, 2021
Findings from Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Outcomes through One Year of Life in Infants Born Prematurely: A Population-Based Study in California are described by lead author Kayla L. Karvonen. Additional authors include Kayla L. Karvonen, Rebecca J. Baer, Elizabeth E. Rogers, Martina A. Steurer...

Black History Month Campaign Shines a Light on Bay Area Revolutionaries

January 29, 2021
Black people have long fought for the freedom and liberation to live, birth, parent and love with self-determination and wellness.