Rally for Equity | World Prematurity Day

Join the Preterm Birth Initiative to shine the light on health equity. We'll meet on the steps of San Francisco’s majestic City Hall, which will be lit up purple in honor of World Prematurity Day, and hear from mothers of preterm babies, and city representatives.


Being born prematurely is the leading cause of death for children under 5, worldwide. Rates of preterm birth are on the rise in the US, particularly for women of color.

Racial disparities in preterm birth rates are direct manifestation of racial inequity and injustice in our society. Early birth is ahealth equity issue tied to systems of care and reproductive justice:

  • In San Francisco, 1 in 7 Black babies are born prematurely, nearly double the rate of white early births. (1)
  • In California, Black women are 47% more likely to deliver early than any other ethnic group. (2)
  • More than 50% of preterm babies born in California are from Latino households. (3)
  • Being born just a few weeks prematurely decreases one’s likelihood of completing high-school and having high-paying employment as an adult. (4)

1 https://www.sfdph.org/dph/files/MCHdocs/Epi/Birth-Data-Summary-SF.pdf
2 https://www.marchofdimes.org/materials/premature-birth-report-card-california.pdf
3 https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr66/nvsr66_01.pdf
4 http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0706475#t=article

Friday, November 17, 2017 to 7:30am

Polk Street Steps, SF City Hall 1 Doctor Carlton B Goodlett Place

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Special Event


School of Medicine


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


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