How Midwifery is Essential to Black

Maternal Healthcare

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As we celebrate Black History and Futures Month, we also celebrate the work organizations like CHOICES Center for Reproductive Health are doing to improve Black maternal health outcomes in the U.S. CHOICES demonstrates that culturally relevant, community-based, affordable, midwifery centric reproductive care is the key to improving Black maternal health.

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"We practice community and reproductive justice where people have the right to birth when and where and how they want. We create a shared partnership, where we as the medical expert partner with the patient as an expert of their body and their experience. "


Alexis Dunn Amore, PhD, CNM, FACNM

(CHOICES Midwifery Director)

Deeper Than Race: How Reluctance to Examine Black American Diversity Obscures the Maternal Health Crisis - 2024 Update

Today, Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy than white women in the US. UCGHI MASS Program Awardee Mariah Jiles writes about the necessity of addressing disparities in the health of Black pregnant people.

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Updates on our Centers & Programs

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Global Health Education

Dele Ogunseitan received a Professional Achievement Award and was described by his nominators as “a visionary, international leader who has successfully designed and implemented policies and strategies for planetary stewardship to benefit human health.”

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GloCal Health Fellowship

Data drives surgical oncology progress in Tanzania - Learn more about the GloCal Health Fellowship's Featured Fellow, Nathan Brand, MD, MS, as he reflects on his research fellowship, mentorship, and the community-based partnerships he was able to build.

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Center for Planetary Health

The deadline for the 2024 Summer Work Experience Program is approaching! This program offers a hands-on opportunity to work on projects related to conservation, natural resources, climate change, and environmental and health policy. Apply by February 9th!

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Center for Gender and Health Justice

The CGHJ welcomes their new Center Coordinator, Taylor Thomas, who recently graduated from UCLA with an MPH from the Community Health Sciences Department and an MA from the African Studies Department.

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Center for Health Workforce Equity

HEAL is on track to launch the California-wide HEAL cohort by 2025, which will engage all the UC’s, rural, and black and brown communities throughout California, and transform and upskill health workers serving the underserved.

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Advances in Global Health

Advances in Global Health is open for submissions and welcomes contributions from researchers in LMICs. Advances  is a peer-reviewed, open access, research journal that is focused on advancing health equity throughout the world.

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Across the UC

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Celebrate Black History Month 2024 with UC

University of California

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Get ready to celebrate Lunar New Year

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Dr. Cole on affirmative action and this moment in history

UC San Diego

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Black Diaspora and African American Studies Courses

UC San Francisco

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UCSF Black Caucus 32nd Annual Black Heritage Gala

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UC Merced Black Student Union Annual Events

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UCLA Black Bruin Resource Center

UC Irvine

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UC Irvine Black Thriving Initiative

UC Santa Barbara

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UCSB Multicultural Center Hosts Black Flea Market

UC Davis

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Stay tuned for winner of Black History Month Essay Contest

UC Santa Cruz

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Black Cultural Conference to resume in 2024

UC Berkeley

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Celebrating Black History Month at UC Berkeley

UC Riverside

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Explore African Student Programs at UC Riverside

UC Law San Francisco

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Racial Justice Research Guide: Critical Race Theory

Charles Drew University
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Black History Month Community Symposium


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Maternal Health Rights for Farmworker Women: Teaching and Research for Action

In the heart of Santa Barbara County, amidst the agricultural landscape, pregnant farmworkers face a myriad of perinatal health risks. Learn about how the Dar a Luz project is improving maternal health justice for farmworkers.

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Register for UC Global Health Day 2024!

It will be an inspirational day with two special panel discussions on Reproductive Health and Abortion Rights and Environmental Justice.

In preparation for UC Global Health Day, we would like to highlight the valued perspectives and voices of the global research community in this one-minute survey.


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Register for CUGH 2024!

Registration for CUGH’s annual conference is open, including in-person pre-conference satellite sessions (free to attend, register online) and the March 7-10th conference.

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2024 Summer Researchers in Global Health Internship Program

The UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences is accepting applications for the 2024 Global REACH program. Rising seniors from high schools in all nine Bay Area counties are eligible to apply. Apply by March 1st!

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Employment Opportunities with UCDC

Join UCDC's team to provide University of California students with transformative learning experiences in the nation's capital. Positions include Director of Operations and Deputy Director to the Executive Director, UC Visiting Faculty, and Adjunct Instructor.


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Paid Public Health & Health Care Summer Internships

Explore public health and advance health equity in your community and nationwide by participating in a 10-week mentored internship during June-August 2024. Apply by February 15th!

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UCSF's Equitable Global Health Partnerships Initiative

Through a combined effort of global partners and UCSF colleagues, the UCSF Equitable Global Health Partnerships Initiative aims to provide a path forward for systemic changes to ensure more equitable global health partnerships. Complete this brief survey if you are interested in learning from and participating in this UC-wide initiative.

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Featured Podcast

Strausman, R. & Shannon, A. (2023, December 15). Vaccine Policy in a Post-COVID World. In Policy Chats. UC Riverside School of Public Policy.

Publications from the UCGHI Community

Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in avocado farmworkers from Mexico by Cynthia Amendáriz-Arnez et al. (UCGHI author: Federico Castillo)

Understanding the Relationship Between Air Quality and Five-Year Survival of Patients in the American Family Cohort by Divya Periyakoil, Ndola Prata, Marie Diener-West

Potential demand for and access to medication abortion among North Carolina college students by Mishka S. Peart et al. (UCGHI author: Ushma Upadhyay)

Patient Acceptability of Telehealth Medication Abortion Care in the United States, 2021-2022: A Cohort Study by Leah R. Koenig et al. (UCGHI author: Ushma Upadhyay)

WaSH insecurity and anxiety among people who inject drugs in the Tijuana-San Diego border region by Lourdes Johanna Avelar Portillo (UCGHI authors: Steffanie A. Strathdee & Georgia L. Kayser)

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