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Police Violence and Birth Outcomes: How Policing in Hospitals and Communities Impacts our Health

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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Communities of color understand the dramatic impact police violence has on their health and the health of birthing people; however, until 2020, there has been little research published on police violence and birth. In hospitals, the presence of police and policing has continuously caused harm, making people of color feel unsafe in the place they are seeking care.

In a letter penned by the Director of SF Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax, it was cited that out of the 111 use-of-force incidents in the emergency room, 70% of them were directed at Black patients although Black patients only make up 24% of ER visits. To address the harms of policing, groups like DPHMustDivest have called upon the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) to remove the Sherriffs' presence from SFDPH clinics and SF General Hospital. 

Join us for this important Collaboratory as we hear first-hand about how fatal police violence impacts pregnancy and preterm birth, present novel research, and learn about community organizing working to de-police the hospital.

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Proudly hosted by the Preterm Birth Initiative

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