Research on the Structural Racism, Social Injustice and Health Disparities in Maternal and Child Health Pilot Awards

"My team and I are fortunate to be among the first round of recipients of MCHRI’s new health disparities grants program. This funding has facilitated the development of a new partnership with the Food Equality Initiative—a community-based organization that has been working to improve health and end hunger in individuals diagnosed with food allergies by providing food as medicine. Thanks to MCHRI, our center can provide vital food assistance to dozens of local families, while systematically working with our partners to build an evidence base around novel interventions targeting social determinants of health."

R. Sharon Chinthrajah, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine); Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Immunology and Allergy)

FY 2022 Awards

Suzan Carmichael, PhD, MS
Professor, Pediatrics - Neonatology
Study Title: Severe Maternal Morbidity Among Black and Latinx Women: A Qualitative Study to Lay the Foundation for Improving Maternal Health Equity

Baraka Floyd, MD, MScr
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
Study Title: Presence 5 for Racial Justice: anti-racism communication for pediatric care

Michelle Khan, MD, MPH, FACOG
Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Study Title: Disparities in cervical cancer screening among patients receiving perinatal care

Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, MAS
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Study Title: Sexual and/or Gender Minority Family Building: Understanding Barriers, Facilitators, Patterns, and Health Outcomes through a National, Community-Engaged Study

Stephanie Smith, MD, MPH
Instructor, Pediatrics - Hematology
Study Title: Community-Based Participatory Research to Improve Health Equity for Childhood Cancer Survivors in the Salinas Valley

Past Awards

"Learning language is a critical part of child development, and early language learning sets the stage for future academic achievement. But the tools we use for measuring early language haven't been validated with diverse families in the US, which can lead to problematic mis- or over-identification of children from diverse racial and ethnic groups as having speech and language issues. With support from MCHRI, the aim of our project is to begin this validation process so as to make the tools for measuring early language more equitable." 

Michael C. Frank, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology