Equity and Health

Evaluation of UCSF’s California Preterm Birth Initiative

IHPS is conducting a multi-year evaluation of UCSF’s California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-CA). UCSF’s PTBi-CA is responding to the epidemic of preterm births with a research initiative focused on three communities in the state with wide disparities in healthcare delivery and outcomes, acknowledging the health effects of social determinants, and collaborating on innovative ways to intervene using a cell-to-society approach. Our evaluation work focuses on the role of community partners and authentic community engagement, PTBi-CA’s commitments and efforts around anti-racism, and continuous quality improvement of the initiative’s efforts. Funded by Marc and Lynne Benioff.

Latinx Health Equity in California. 

Hispanics in Philanthropy, whose mission is to strengthen Latinx leadership for health equity and justice, partnered with UCSF IHPS to develop and implement a comprehensive landscape analysis of healthy equity issues, as well as promising practices, related to Latinx health in California. Our team reviewed agencies and organizations serving Latinx populations, interviewed leaders in California working at the intersection of Latinx health and equity, and conducted a literature review of health equity, social determinants of health, and Latinx health. The final report on the landscape findings can be accessed here: Latinx Health Equity in California: Facing Disparities and Building for the Future. 

Domestic Violence among American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) 

The California Consortium for Urban Indian Health (CCUIH) launched the Red Women Rising Project (RWR) in 2016 to address inequities among urban Indians experiencing domestic violence by enhancing access to resources for both  survivors and the providers who care for them, while giving urban Native women a platform to tell their unique stories. CCUIH has partnered with IHPS to support the RWR Project by jointly developing an environmental landscape of violence prevalence among the California Native American population. The project involves interviewing key community stakeholders for their perspectives and recommendations, identifying best practices and promising resources, exploring gaps in available data, and developing a report of findings and community-based dissemination process.