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SHL + CARE Present: Health outcomes for Asian and Pacific Islander women and newborns
In California 16% of births are among Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) families, with significant disparities in quality of care for mothers and babies. Some AANHPI mothers experience higher rates of low risk-cesarean birth and episiotomies compared to other populations, and AANHPI infants have disparate rates of receiving any breastmilk on hospital discharge. AANHPI mothers have reported concerning experiences of discrimination based on their race/ethnicity and language, reported symptoms of depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy, and gaps in practical and emotional support postpartum. However, little is known regarding the care and outcomes affecting individual groups of AANHPI. We will discuss key drivers of inequitable care and outcomes and provide potential solutions.


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Jochen Profit, MD, MPH
ssociate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at the Lucille Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Dr. Profit graduated University of Freiburg Medical School in Germany and completed his Neonatology, Public Health, and Health Services Research training at Harvard. Since 2013, he has been on faculty at Stanford and is currently Professor of Pediatrics, as well as Chief Quality Officer of the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, a population-based network of 140 NICUs dedicated to quality excellence. Dr. Profit’s research focuses on the optimization of quality of neonatal-perinatal health care delivery. For over a decade, his research has received continuous funding from the National Insitute of Health and other federal, foundation, and intramural sources. Dr. Profit has served on various national scientific and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institute of Health.