NICU Toolkits to Promote Health Equity and Justice to Better Serve Black Communities

October 6, 2022

The Motivating Interdisciplinary Lactation Knowledge (MILK) Research Lab at UC San Francisco has released two NICU toolkits to promote health equity and justice to better serve Black communities.

One toolkit provides resources for families to better guide and support their NICU experiences. The other is aimed at hospitals and birth centers, providing specific recommendations for care practices that promote health equity for Black families.

Both toolkits are based on information collected from available literature and the lived experiences of 85 families who took part in the lab’s recent NICU study. They cover seven key themes: hospital stay, emotional health, lactation support, donor human milk, racism and bias, advocacy and policy, and community resources.

An example of Policy & Advocacy recommendations from the toolkit for hospitals and birth centers is shown below.

The MILK Lab, led by nurse scientist Dr. Ifeyinwa Asiodu, will offer a workshop focused on the effective use of these toolkits and the lab’s NICU study at the 2023 CBC Summit.

“One of our main goals in creating the NICU toolkits was to use our study data in an actionable and purposeful way to improve the NICU experiences of Black families during the hospital stay and after discharge,” Asiodu said.

The 2023 Summit workshop will provide attendees a deeper understanding of the study data and use of the toolkits.

Click here to access the toolkits.