PTBi-CA and Bixby Present Legislative Briefing in Sacramento

On December 10th, California Preterm Birth Initiative joined UCSF's Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health to present a legislative briefing to the legislative staff in Sacramento. The goal of the briefing was to build relationships with staff to provide expertise on reproductive issues in future policies. Over twenty legislative staff attended the meeting that represented both Senate and Assembly members. 

I really appreciated the inclusion of systematic racism in the medical setting because I think that’s something we don’t hear a lot about in legislative briefings.

Linda Tenerowicz

Legislative aid to assembly member Freddie Rodriguez


  • Brittany Chambers, PhD, MPH | Assistant Professor, Dept of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
    Brianne Taylor |  Research Assistant, Project Coordinator, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

    Topic: Structural racism and maternal and infant health
  • Zea Malawa, MD, MPH | Program Manager | Collective Impact to Prevent Preterm Birth in SF

    Topic: Public insurance coverage for doula care. Learn More
  • Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH | Assistant Professor, Dept of Ob/Gyn & RS, ANSIRH

    Topic: Safety of telemedicine abortion
  • Sarah Roberts, DrPH | Associate Professor, Dept of Ob/Gyn & RS, Public Health Social Scientist, ANSIRH

    Topic: Substance use and pregnancy

Group shot of the presentersPresenters depicted from left to right: Ushma Upadhyay, Zea Malawa, Brittany Chambers, Sarah Roberts, Jody Steinour, Brianne Taylor 

Ushma speaking to Legislative Aids

Legislative Aids listening to presentations

Learn More About Medicaid Coverage of Doula Care

We are proud to have partnered with National Health Law Program to co-author an issue brief which lays out barriers to Medicaid coverage for doula care as well as proposes potential recommendations for successful implementation. 

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