Our Community Accountability Partners in California

Activating the Power of Community
"Without community, there is no liberation...but community must not mean a shedding of our differences, nor the pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist." - Audre Lorde

Thank you for your interest in the SACRED Birth Study.

The SACRED Birth Study Community Accountability Partners in California officially ended November 30, 2020.

Congratulations to all who made this happen, especially to our Black women-led/serving community-based organizations in California. The aim of the Community Accountability Partners in the SACRED Birth Study is to generate and prioritize sociocultural perinatal quality improvement (QI) recommendations across the theorized quality of care domains of the Patient Reported Experience Measure of Obstetric Racism© (PREM-OB ScaleTM), in order to mitigate obstetric racism during hospital-based labor and birth.

The SACRED Birth Investigators supported the Community Accountability Partners in generating new QI themes using the novel Virtual Quality Improvement Prioritization by Affected Communities (V-QPAC), an adaptation of the Research Prioritization by Affected Communities (RPAC) protocol.  V-QPAC applies Black feminist ethnographic methodology to describe different forms of resistance and resilience that Black women community leaders adopt to mitigate the dimensions of obstetric racism and power inequities that emerge from supporting Black mothers and birthing people during hospital births.

We enrolled a total of 24 participants from 15 different Black women-led community organizations across California, who support Black women and people experiencing pregnancy, birth, and lactation. Community leaders identified 74 and prioritized 44 potential perinatal QI topics across the PREM-OB Scale™ Domains. Data collection from our Community Accountability Partners ended 11/30/2020. 

Thank you ALL for supporting Black mothers & birthing people and our team.

What is the role of Community Accountability Partners in SACRED Birth?

Representatives from fourteen Black women-led/serving community-based organizations (CBOs) across central, northern, and southern California serve as Community Accountability Partners (CAPs).  Each CBO acts as an accountability partner to ensure the operationalization of cultural rigor in the study from identifying and prioritizing untested Quality Improvement themes or topics, all the way through to sharing data with the public.  The study principal investigator, Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG and Sonya Young Aadam, CEO of the state lead CBO, the California Black Women's Health Project, will facilitate monthly meetings with the CAPs for the purpose of implementing the Quality Impovement Prioritization of Affected Communities (QPAC) protocol.  

What are the responsibilities of the Community Accountability Partners?

Each CBO is expected to send 1-2 delegates (depending on capacity) to participate in the CAPs orientation in Spring 2020 followed by six monthly 2-hour meetings from June 2020 - December 2020.  The facilitators, Dr. Scott and Sonya, will support the CAPs to establish expectations, clarify collective roles and responsibilities, and review deidentified data from the Patient Reported Experience Measure of OBstetrics, also known as the PREM-OB Scale.  Dr. Scott and Sonya will also facilitate brainstorming and open dialogue to generate and prioritize QI improvement recommendations for the PREM-OB Scale composite score and domain specfic scores for Safety & Accountablity, Autonomy and Kinship, Communicaiton & Information Exchange, Racism, Empathy & Humanity, and Dignity in Blackness & Holistic Care.  CAPs are also expected to support patient and public involvement with the SACRED Birth Study through patient referral, patient recruitment, and participation in online media activities.

What are the benefits to study participation for the CAPs?

SACRED Birth shifts the power of knowledge generation, storage, utilization, and sharing from traditional gatekeepers such as QI experts, data scientists, clinicians, funders, and health plans to Black mothers and birthing people, Black women-led/serving CBOs, Black women scholars in public health, social sciences and humanities, and academic women accomplices.  The six meetings will take place in person and remotely.   SACRED Birth compensates individual CAPs for time, effort, and expertise with a monthly stipend, based on participation in monthly meetings and completion of pre- and post-meeting tasks.

What is the role of the California Black Women's Health Project (CABWHP)?

In partnership with the SACRED Birth Study Principal Investigator and team, CABWHP provides experiential, cultural, spiritual, and mainstream knowledge as a Black women-led/serving CBO to the administrative, programmatic, and research approaches and activities.  The SACRED Birth team recognizes that advancing Black centered racial justice and perinatal equity in hospital-based services, support, and care requires authentic and sustained participation of impacted community members and leaders.  Based on CABWHP’s history, capacity, impact and reach as a Black women-led CBO, their participation in this work adds cultural humility, relevancy, and responsiveness to the study and strengthens the cultural rigor and safety in the scientific methods of health services research and provision and participatory QI initiatives.

Who are the Califoronia CBOs that serve as CAPs?

California Black Women's Health Project (Lead State CBO)

African American Breastfeeding Cultural Outreach Taskforce

BEloved Birth Black Centering

Black Women Birthing Justice  

Black Women for Wellness 

Diversity Uplifts 

Expecting Justice

Growth Mindset Communications

iDREAM for Racial Health Equity 

Kindred Space LA/Birthing People Foundation

Public Health Fund Enterprise/WIC & CinnaMoms 

Roots of Labor Birth Collective



Jazz Ylaine-Baptiste - Individual Black Birth Worker 

For more information about Community Accountabiliy Partners and public involvement with SACRED Birth, click here to send the study team an email:[email protected]