The Power of a Story over a Statistic

The February 2017 Collaboratory highlighted the developmental challenges that face preterm infants and their families after discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit.

The Power of a Story over a Statistic: Perspectives on Development and Disability in Children Born Preterm focused on community-level resources in California to support premature infants, as well as barriers and disparities in long-term developmental care. The panel of speakers included:

  • Sonia Waters | Parent and Resource Counselor at Family Resource Navigators 
  • Janet Babb, MS PT | Physical Therapist at Developmental Progressions 
  • Elizabeth Rogers, MD | Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF, and Director of Intensive Care Nursery Follow-up Program
  • Emilia Reyes, MBA | Executive Director, First5 Fresno County


We also met Roman, age 11, who was born 11 weeks prematurely and has cerebral palsy.


The PTBi Collaboratory is a forum jointly sponsored by PTBi California and PTBi East Africa to facilitate open interchange of ideas and information to collectively develop solutions that will decrease the global burden of prematurity. We aim to foster transdisciplinary collaboration among unlikely partners. Each Collaboratory will feature a unique group of speakers who will lead interactive discussions to describe current knowledge, identify gaps and generate new solutions among collaborators and communities across California and East Africa. 

Collaboratories are a Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit-granting event. UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. International or remote attendees should verify with their home institution whether or not this CME credit is accepted.