It will take all of us working together to improve the health, well-being, and birth outcomes of Black women and babies in San Diego. This campaign is a tool to help ignite conversations about inequities, systemic racism, and help our health care community ensure the best outcomes for our Black mothers and babies.
The PEI Community Advisory Board is composed of Community Members, and individuals from Community-Based Organizations, Birthing Hospitals, Birthing Centers, Non-Governmental Organizations and Local County Government.
Community Advisory Board members meet quarterly to focus on interventions to reduce Black Maternal and Infant death and disease, and ensure the performance measures of interventions meet community needs.
Meetings are held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the second Fridays of July (9th), October (8th), January (14th), and February (16th). Meetings are currently being held virtually to facilitate social distancing.
To join the Perinatal Equity Initiative Community Advisory Board, please email: Josephine.Smedley@sdcounty.ca.gov.
“Being a part of the advisory board and an advocate for my community of African-American women is a gift that I have been blessed to give. I am one the African-American women who needed assistance, education and moral support during my pregnancy. From experience, working with community partners will create success when saving babies and mothers’ lives.”
“I love knowing that meaningful work is being done to improve and ensure healthy outcomes for pregnant Black women, Black mothers and Black babies. I view being asked to join the PEI Community Advisory Board (CAB) as a sign of respect and saying yes as an honor. If you enjoy being a hands-on active participant doing community work, the CAB is a satisfying and rewarding cause.”
“Every mother and every child deserves to have a healthy and well supported birth. Black birthing women matter.”