Reproductive Health Equity & Birth Justice Core

The Reproductive Health Equity and Birth Justice Core was launched on May 5, 2020 to focus on the impact of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities. We aim to understand how racism and other factors impact pregnant people with COVID-19 and work with BIPOC and queer communities to prioritize COVID-19 research that is most important to them.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are leading the Reproductive Health Equity and Birth Justice Core:

The goals of the Reproductive Health Equity and Birth Justice Core are to:

  • Support recruitment of BIPOC and queer study participants
  • Create PRIORITY Community Advisory Council 
  • Measure the impact of racism and care experiences on adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes
  • Deploy the Research Priorities of Affected Communities (RPAC) to determine research priorities that are important to BIPOC and queer communities.

Frequently asked questions

How is COVID-19 affecting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) pregnant people?

Prior to the pandemic, Black women were three to four times more likely to die from complications related to pregnancy than their white counterparts. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these health disparities by its disproportionate impact on BIPOC communities, due in part to differences in social determinants of health including institutional racism and the overrepresentation of BIPOC and queer people as essential workers required to have high risk exposures during Shelter in Place orders. Furthermore, once infected with COVID-19, BIPOC populations appear to be at an increased risk of experiencing severe and critical disease and increased mortality.

Why is it critical for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and queer pregnant people to enroll in PRIORITY?

To ensure the PRIORITY study population represents the true population of people most effected by COVID-19, it is necessary that BIPOC and queer pregnant people enroll in PRIORITY. 

What is the PRIORITY Community Advisory Council?

The PRIORITY Community Advisory Council will provide input and guidance on all study activities and engage with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities that have a high incidence and fatality rate from COVID-19 to assure that the study goals, conduct, and outcomes are aligned with the research needs of BIPOC and queer communities. Once established, the full council will meet monthly.

How will we identify research issues that are most important to BIPOC communities?

We will deploy the Research Priorities of Affected Communities (RPAC) in regions of the U.S. impacted by COVID-19, to determine the healthcare, research, and policy questions that are important to BIPOC and queer communities.