150 lower income pregnant Black and Pacific Islander women in San Francisco to get $  1,000 monthly

Through a new pilot program, ongeveer 150 lower income Black and Pacific Islander pregnant women in San Francisco will receive a $ 1,000 monthly stipend in an effort to curb high rates of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth.

The reason: These two groups are most at risk for preterm births and infant and mother deaths during pregnancy and childbirth, according to San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Expecting Justice, during last week’s launch of the pilot program called Abundant Birth Project.
Hulle announced their plans to help lower income Black and Pacific Islander women for the duration of their pregnancy and at least the first six months after their babies are born.
Participants can use the funds as they wish, pediatrician and public health expert Dr. Zea Malawa with Expecting Justice told CNN. She said they will have the autonomy to decide which expenses are most necessary in their households and the health of their babies.
    Maybe you’re struggling with food insecurity this month,” Malawa said. “Or maybe you need to pay your car note. That should be the mothersdecision to make.
    Expecting Justice, based in the San Francisco Department of Public Health, works with the University of California at San Francisco and is funded in part by the Hellman Foundation to tackle persistent birth inequity through practical public health solutions.
    Dr. Zea Malawa is a San Francisco pediatrician, public health expert, and the director of birth-justice coalition Expecting Justice.

    Challenging income inequality

    San Franciscoa city bolstered by the tech industryis not immune to the structural choke holds of income inequality and racial disenfranchisement.
    Due to the city’s widening wealth gap, Black and Pacific Islander families experience unique challenges from inadequate housing, heavily policed neighborhoods and poorer-quality nutrition options.
    According to Mayor Breed’s office, die median annual household income for Black and Pacific Islander families in San Francisco is close to $ 30,000 en $ 67,000 onderskeidelik, compared with about $ 104,000 citywide.
    Providing guaranteed income support to mothers during pregnancy is an innovative and equitable approach that will ease some of the financial stress that all too often keeps women from being able to put their health first,” said Mayor Breed in the announcement.
    The city’s high cost of living, plus the stress of structural racism negatively impact the health outcomes of pregnant Black and Pacific Islander women.
    According to the UCLA San Francisco and the Hellman Foundation, amper 16% of Black infants are born too early, as compared to just 7.3% of White infants. Pacific Islander infants have the second highest rate of preterm birth at 10.4%.

    First pilot of its kind

    Die vlieënier, the first of its kind according to Mayor Breed, will work to increase economic support for those most impacted by San Francisco’s high cost of living. San Francisco health researchers from UCLA San Francisco predict that a modest increase in income can improve birth outcomes for mothers. Steeds, health issues for Black and Pacific Islander mothers persist.
    Volgens Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings, Swart, Native American, and Pacific Islander women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than White women. Even in regions with the lowest number of pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births, and among women with higher levels of wealth, significant differences in rates birth complications persist.
    Racial stereotyping impacts Blacks and Pacific Islanders in medical spaces as well due to the pathologization of both groups and their concerns are sometimes not listened to with the same urgency as White women, according to Expecting Justice.
    High-risk pregnancies of celebrities like Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Serena Williams showcase that the inequities remain consistent with Black women across socioeconomic groups.
    I think it’s important to know that nationally, Black women die in childbirth four times as frequently as white women,” Malawa says.

    Getting support for Abundant Birth Project

    What makes Expecting Justice stand out is their specific focus on anti-racism practices and community input. During ABP’s research process, Expecting Justice trained four Black and Pacific Islander women on how to conduct qualitative research in their neighborhoods. Op sy beurt, those women interviewed 21 other Black and Pacific Islander mothers to identify which unmet needs were most prevalent during pregnancy.
    Equipped with provided iPads and their recorded findings, the mothers convened virtually with public health officials in July to finalize the project’s structure.
    ABP has so far received more than $ 1 million in philanthropic donations and $ 200,000 from the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
      Malawa hopes the Abundant Birth Project pilot expands to other parts of the state. On the issue of sustainable long-term funding, she offers this solution: Money could be used from earned income tax credit policy to provide cash to marginalized families across Californiaincluding to Bay Area mothers priced out of San Francisco.
      Instead of trying to help Black women and other women be more resilient in the face of ongoing racism, what would it be like to decrease the burden of racism instead?” Malawa asks. “I just don’t think that that has been tested enough. And so that’s what we’re trying to do.

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