Health Equity at Birth: What Will It Take?

Kickoff Event to the Preterm Birth Initiative Annual Symposium: Racism and Prematurity

Racism affects all aspects of health. For women, mothers, children and babies,  the devastating effects of racism can create  vastly unequal starts to life.  What can be done to create stronger systems for equity, beginning at birth?

Lateefah Simon President, Akonadi Foundation BART Board Director for District 7 Member, Board of Trustees at California State University

Join Lateefah Simon, president of the Akonadi Foundation, as she shares her personal experiences and her hopes for health equity. Simon, who was born prematurely, is now a mother herself; she’ll discuss how racism affects the health and experiences of individuals and families. She will also share her thoughts on what communities, organizations and individuals can do to level the playing field.

Michael McAfee, Ed.D. President, PolicyLink

Under his leadership, PolicyLink has emerged as a national leader in building cradle-to-career systems to ensure that children and youth in our nation’s most distressed communities have a pathway into the middle class. Before joining PolicyLink, Michael served as senior community planning and development representative in the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Hosted by The Commonwealth Club, in association with the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Event Type

Lecture/Seminar, Special Event


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Local Community, Alumni, Patients


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