Community Advisory Board Retreat Focuses on Self-Care

February 27, 2020
PTBi honored the incredible work of our community advisory board (CAB) at our annual CAB retreat last month. Approximately 20 CAB members from San Francisco, Oakland and Fresno, along with PTBi staff, gathered at Preservation Park in Oakland to celebrate the many important ways in which the CAB...

Leadership Transitions at PTBi - Program Director

February 27, 2020
After four years of tireless dedication as our much-loved Program Director, Quin Hussey left PTBi earlier this month to become the Assistant Dean for Students at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. 

Rooted in Enslavement: How American Medicine Was Built on the Oppression, Experimentation and Commodification of the Black Body

February 26, 2020
Whether we are referring to maternal death, preterm birth, incarceration, education, all of our outcomes are a reality of White oppression and anti-Blackness. If you don't control any of your circumstances from the creation of the culture into the present, there can't be any other outcome.

Vote for PTBi in STAT News Competition!

February 24, 2020

New Bill Introduces Medi-Cal Covered Doula Care in CA

February 24, 2020
Photo credit: Assembly Member Eloise Gomez Reyes On February 17th, Assembly Member Eloise Gomez Reyes announced the following on her Facebook page:

Fathers of Color in NICUs Need Centered Communications

February 13, 2020
Findings from What about the men? Perinatal experiences of men of color whose partners were at risk for preterm birth, a qualitative study are described by the author and PTBi researcher, Linda S. Franck. Additional authors include Brittany Edwards, Monica R. McLemore, Kimberly Baltzell, Allen...

How girls and women can help lead the effort to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to combat preterm birth and related disparities

By Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski, PhD on February 11, 2020
Dr. Jelliffe-Pawlowski is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the UCSF School of Medicine and is Director of Discovery and  Precision Health with the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative

Skin to Skin Contact for Just 1 Hour Evidence Significant Decrease in NICU Infant Stress

February 04, 2020
Findings from Oxidative Stress Biomarker Decreased in Preterm Neonates Treated With Kangaroo Mother Care are described by the author and PTBi researcher, Dr. Dorothy Forde. Additional authors include Douglas D. Deming, John C. Tan, Raylene M. Phillips, Eileen K. Fry-Bowers, Mary K. Barger, Khaled...

Black Pregnant Women in Poor Neighborhoods 4x More Likely to Experience Interpersonal Racism

January 29, 2020
Findings from the study show that 45% of Black women who reside in most deprived neighborhoods reported experiencing racial discrimination across their lifetime when getting medical care compared to 10% of Black women residing in the least deprived neighborhoods.

How Black Doctors Shaped California's History

January 29, 2020
Our January Collaboratory honored the historical figures who broke through countless barriers to serve their communities and alter the course of history.