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The California Black Birth Justice Agenda is Here!

California Coalition for Black Birth Justice
California Coalition for Black Birth Justice
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About the California Coalition for Black Birth Justice

The first of its kind in California, the California Coalition for Black Birth Justice (the Coalition) convenes birth equity and reproductive justice experts to drive coordinated efforts to accelerate birth justice for Black families across the state. We are on a mission to unify and strengthen the Black birth justice movement in California.

The Coalition is committed to serving as a statewide connector and convener, supporting the care and capacity of the Black birth justice workforce, and scaling systems change improvement efforts with health care institutions.

Centering Black leadership, innovation, and collaboration.

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We believe that combining our knowledge, capacity, lived experiences, power, and deep love for Black people through the activation of a Black women-led coalition has significant potential to drive the necessary systemic change.

We are unapologetically committed to:

  • Caring for and centering Black women, mamas, birthing folks — and the people who advocate for them

  • Championing systems-level change in policies and practice

  • Unifying our collective birth equity efforts across the state to make justice and liberation a reality


People Powering the Movement

Coalition Co-Founders & Backbone Team

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Alexis Cobbins, MSW (she/her)
Coalition Co-Founder

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Dana Sherrod, MPH (she/her)
Coalition Co-Founder

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Solaire Spellen, MPH (she/her)
Coalition Co-Founder

Esther Priscilla Ebuehi (she/her)
Coalition Co-Founder

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Asaiah Harville, IBCLC (she/her) Coalition Backbone Team
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Areca Smit, MBA
Coalition Backbone Team
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Candice Charles, MPH (she/her)
Coalition Backbone Team

Coalition Strategic Advisors/Founding Mothers

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Brandi Desjolais, Ed.D
Black Maternal Health Center of Excellence
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
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Brittany Chambers, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Human Ecology
University of California, Davis
Mashariki Kudumu, MPH
Public Health & Birth Justice Professional 
Monica R. McLemore, Ph.D., MPH, RN, FAAN
Professor and Interim Director, Center for Anti-Racism in Nursing
University of Washington
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Natalie Champion
Project Manager 
California Black Women's Health Project
Shantay Davies-Balch, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
BLACK Wellness and Prosperity Center
Nourbese Flint, MA
Senior Director of Black Leadership and Engagement
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Pooja Mittal, DO
Chief Health Equity Officer
Health Net
Zea Malawa, MD, MPH
Expecting Justice
San Francisco Collective Impact for Healthy Births
San Francisco Department of Public Health

Sayida Peprah-Wilson, PsyD
Founder/ Executive Director 
Diversity Uplifts


The California Coalition for Black Birth Justice is generously funded by First 5 LA, LA Care Health Plan, and Health Net. 

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