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#BlackWomenKnow: Black Women's Recommendations to Address Structural Racism

Wednesday, September 26, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

West Fresno Resource Center

*Scroll down for more resources addressing structural racism

Pitch a Collaboratory!

Are you passionate about preventing preterm birth and improving outcomes for preterm infants? Do you have an idea for a discussion or a story to tell around preterm birth that you would like to see developed for a diverse audience of researchers, providers, and community advocates? Submit a pitch to design one of our monthly discussion series!
We invite stakeholders of all backgrounds to submit their ideas for new Collaboratory events taking place in 2020. Awardees will be provided all of the resources, and staff support needed to bring to life an important topic regarding preterm birth.
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Transdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications Now Open

Do you know someone interested in a postdoctoral position developing cutting edge research on preterm birth? Our Postdoctoral Transdisciplinary Research Fellows have the opportunity to strengthen their communications, collaboration and capacity building within the maternal and newborn health field, during a two-year, non-accredited fellowship focusing on prematurity. 

Applications due October 1, 2019

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News and Updates

Fresno County Preterm Birth Initiative Celebrates Five Years of Success, Transitions Collective Impact Operations to Community Partners 
Dual Burden Birth: Tanisha's story
1 in 270 Births Have “Dual Burden” of Prematurity and Severe Maternal Complications
August Collaboratory: Achieving Breastfeeding Equity through the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
Reflections on Recent Tragedies: The Impact of Gun Violence

Resources Addressing Structural Racism

Race, Power and Policy: Dismantling Structural Racism

National People’s Action by the Grassroots Policy Project /
October 2014 / 

The Look

Proctor & Gamble /
June 2019 / 

Structural Racism — A 60-Year-Old Black Woman with Breast Cancer

The New England Journal of Medicine /
April 2019 / 

Upcoming Events

  • Breastfeeding & Bubbles
    | Tue, Aug 20, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm | Bellevue Park at Lake Merritt | 
    Please join our Community Advisory Board member, Brandi Gates, her lactation consulting group, Breast Friends, as well as our SOLARS team for a BBQ celebration in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month. This is a family-friendly event that will be giving away free massages, face-painting, as well as prizes!

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  • Chocolate Milk Documentary Screening
    | Thu, Aug 22, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Samuel Merritt University in Oakland | 
    This film provides an exploration of the racial divide in breastfeeding. Told through the lens and narratives of three Black women: a new mother, a midwife and WIC lactation education. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film director, Elizabeth Bayne.

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  • Reinforcing “Normative Empathy” as a Maternal Health Resource in the Black Community
    | Thu, Sept 5, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | UCSF Mission Hall Room 1400 | 
    Please join us for a talk by Katrina McDonald, PhD, MA, Associate Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University.

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