World Prematurity Day, 2016


World Prematurity Day, November 17, 2016

The Preterm Birth Initiative hosted a series of events in celebration of World Prematurity Day on November 16 & 17, 2016. We brought together communities, researchers and clinicians to raise awareness about the challenges of preterm birth, support families affected by prematurity, and discuss innovative ways for every child born to survive and thrive.


Collaboratory: GOT BREAST MILK?

On November 16th, 2016 at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, PTBi hosted a diverse panel of experts that discussed the social and economic disparities that influence breastfeeding for preterm babies and new ways to support mothers.

PTBi Collaboratories are interactive forums that bring together stakeholders from a variety of disciplines, sectors, and communities to generate new ideas on important topics related to preterm birth.


Can we build stronger patient-provider relationships through better risk communication? A learning session with 23andMe CEO and Co-Founder, Anne Wojcicki

On Thursday, November 17, 2016, the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) and Benioff Children’s Hospitals honored World Prematurity Day by hosting a sold-out learning session at the Oberndorf Auditorium at UCSF Children’s Hospital San Francisco. Moderated by Drs. Larry Rand and Linda Franck, principal investigator and co-principal investigator for PTBi-CA, the session featured a keynote presentation, Putting People at the Center of Healthcare, by Anne Wojcicki, CEO and co-founder of 23andMe.

During the keynote, Anne discussed the beauty of human diversity, and how best to capture and teach people about it. She explained that one's own genetics, data and risk factors are fascinating, and can empower people to take charge of their own health. Watch the full keynote here >>

The session also featured Dr. Barbara Koenig, director of UCSF Bioethics; Dr. Patience Afulani, PTBi post-doctoral fellow; and mothers who had experienced preterm birth, Davina Countee and Tanisha Fuller. The interactive program focused on newly available tests that predict risk, but may also cause stress in light of uncertain treatment options – touching on the clinician-patient relationship and the ethical challenges posed by communicating this data.

Below: Tanisha Fuller and Davina Countee participating in the Risk Communication panel; Panel participants and members of PTBi.