SF to give $1,000 a month to Black, Pacific Islander expectant moms. Will it help bridge racial health gaps?

September 14, 2020

The City of San Francisco announced the Abundant Birth Project, a first-of-its-kind program that provides targeted basic income to San Franciscans during pregnancy and for the first six months postpartum. Aimed at addressing disparities in maternal and infant health incomes — including disproportionately high rates of preterm birth, maternal mortality, and infant mortality — the pilot will provide a monthly income supplement of $1,000 to 150 pregnant low- and middle-income Black and Pacific Islanders. This project is led by Expecting Justice, a Black-led birth justice organization within the San Francisco Department of Public Health. As the Co-PI of the evaluation, Associate Professor Anu Manchikanti Gómez is part of the project's leadership team.

SF Chronicle