Research Justice for Parents of Color: A Webinar Unveiling the Research Questions that Parents Want Answered

On May 25th we unveiled the detailed lists of unanswered pregnancy and birth questions, as well as the process of co-creating these lists in our first webinar, Research Justice for Parents of Color: Prioritizing Their Unanswered Questions About Pregnancy and Birth. The webinar was moderated by our Community Engagement Director, Shanell Williams and speakers included Linda Franck and Monica McLemore, the project leads, as well as research participants Lynell Taylor, James Barrientez, and Schyneida Williams. 

The priority questions and topics of parents in San Francisco, Oakland and Fresno have guided the California Preterm Birth Initiative’s research strategy and funding decisions. We call on research funders and researchers to join us in tackling the unanswered questions about pregnancy, birth and newborn health that matter most to parents, and to partner with communities when conducting this research.

Watch the full webinar

Community reports & question Lists

Webinar slides

Learn More about our Research Prioritization Work

During our planning year, we grappled with the question, 'how can we address preterm birth research differently?' Decades of research have  been conducted on preterm birth without any major declines in overall rates. We believed that for research to be done differently we needed to partner with people most affected by preterm birth, possibly leading to breakthroughs in addressing this stubborn epidemic, as has been demonstrated with other conditions such as HIV. We believed that people with lived experience should not only collaborate in the formation of research questions but also partner in the decisions of who received funding.