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Birth Equity Research Scholar Applications Due

August 16, 2021

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An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day 16 of the month, repeating until September 17, 2021


The National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to eliminating racial disparities in maternal and birth outcomes and advancing birth equity by creating solutions that optimize Black maternal and infant health through training, research, policy advocacy, and community-centered collaboration. NBEC is committed to expanding and diversifying the maternal health workforce equipped with leadership skills and expertise that will position them to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, inclusive of community members, to address maternal health inequities and advance birth equity. The Birth Equity Research Scholars Program supports professional development in the areas of maternal and infant health, reproductive health, community-engaged research, evaluation, and practice, and health policy, with a focus on addressing inequities in Black birthing populations.


The Birth Equity Research Scholars Program is a two-year leadership development program designed to prepare doctoral students in various academic disciplines (e.g., anthropology, sociology, maternal and child health, epidemiology, public health) for research and practice careers that advance birth equity in disenfranchised communities. Scholars will benefit from rigorous training and professional development opportunities that will allow them to increase their leadership skills, deepen understanding of respectful research and evaluation practices, network with maternal health stakeholders, particularly Black-women led community-based organizations, and strengthen their communication skills and health policy acumen.

Birth Equity Research Scholars are expected to:

  • Complete an annual professional development plan
  • Attend team meetings with NBEC staff and collaborating organizations
  • Participate in writing accountability groups to support progress in dissertations, manuscripts and course assignments
  • Co-design and participate in all research and evaluation, policy and leadership seminars
  • Support research and evaluation activities for NBEC projects (e.g., ACOG/AIM Community Care Initiative, Perigee Foundation’s Infant and Maternal Mental Health projects)
  • Create dissemination plans of results from research and evaluation activities to community-based organizations


Birth Equity Research Scholars will participate in various types of professional development activities throughout the two-year fellowship, including annual writing retreats, bi-weekly writing accountability group meetings, research and evaluation activities, and attending regional and national conferences. Each term, scholars will have multiple opportunities to network with thought and practice leaders in research and policy. Each term scholars will participate in a research and evaluation seminar that introduces methodologies that align with research justice and equip scholars with skills to develop community-engaged research agendas. Leadership seminars will also be held each term and designed to support scholars assess their leadership strengths and areas of growth. Bi-annual policy seminars will focus on policy levers at multiple levels that can improve birth equity. All professional development activities will occur concurrently with the scholar’s doctoral program and are designed to support and enrich the training scholars receive through their home institutions. These activities are not intended to interfere with the scholar’s progress advancing through their doctoral training program.



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