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Google Supports Maternal Health Researchers Through Fitbit Health Equity Research Initiative

Health disparities are prevalent in Black and brown communities due to the forces of economic inequities and medical bias. Google is lending its hand to provide medical solutions for these communities by supporting six researchers with $300,000 in Fitbit devices and services to spearhead their research for underrepresented communities as a part of their Fitbit Health Equity Research Initiative. Fitbit devices are revolutionizing the digital health field by pooling information that can fill in the gaps for medical research. The devices can address the concerns of medical issues plaguing Black and Brown communities such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and mental health. Fitbits have been used in over 900 health studies attesting to their ever-growing value in the medical field, according to Amy McDonough, a Health Solution expert for Fitbit at Google. We spoke with Google’s recipients Dr. Toluwalase Ajayi and Sherilyn Francis to learn about how the devices will advance their...

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 6, 2021

First-Of-Its-Kind Birth Initiative to Provide Low-Income Black Women With Monthly $1K Stipend

Last week, San Francisco launched the Abundant Birth Project, a new pilot program that will help lower-income Black and Pacific Islander women receive a $1,000 monthly stipend for pregnancy and childbirth. The project will provide approximately 150 lower-income Black and Pacific Islander pregnant women in San Francisco with the funds in an effort to curb high rates of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth. According to CNN , San Francisco is a massive hub for tech, yet despite the amount of money pouring into the industry, a widening wealth gap leaves minorities in the city at a disadvantage. Specifically, Black and Pacific Islander women experience inadequate housing, heavily policed neighborhoods, and poorer-quality nutrition options. As a result, they are most at risk for preterm births and infant and mother deaths during pregnancy and childbirth. “Providing guaranteed income support to mothers during pregnancy is an innovative and equitable approach that will ease some of...

Niki McGloster

Sep 22, 2020