Community-based Doula Care Research

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Cassondra Marshall, DrPH, MPH
The California Health Care Foundation has called Community-Based Doula Care an “innovation to watch” as it addresses an important need expressed by women and associated with improved health outcomes. Currently, researchers at the Wallace Center are conducting several strategic planning, implementation science, and evaluation projects with communities and key partners across California. The aims of this work is to both set a research agenda on community-doula care and to provide evidence to inform intervention strategy.

Project resources

Partnering with Community Doulas to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Equity in California

Funded through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in collaboration with Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity Program (SHARE) at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, this project’s objective is to establish a collaborative of California stakeholders to develop a research agenda for community doula care as an intervention to advance maternal and infant health equity. The long-term objective is to inform patient-centered, equity-focused, community-informed research on the impact of community doula care.

Evaluation of a Community-Based Doula Program

Funded through UCSF’s PTBi in collaboration with Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity Program (SHARE) at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, this project is conducting a process and outcome evaluation of a San Francisco program providing free community-based doula care to Black and Pacific Islander birthing people.

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