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When the Bough Breaks
  • Kim Anderson, a successful Atlanta executive and lawyer, has always maintained a healthy lifestyle, but she gave birth prematurely, presenting a lifethreatening challenge for her two pound, 13-ounce newborn daughter.

  • Drs. Richard David and James Collins are neonatologists specializing in the care of infants born too early or dangerously underweight. Several of their studies point to racism – not genetics – as a key risk factor.

  • Dr. Michael Lu is a UCLA obstetrician and gynecologist, whose “life-course perspective” suggests that the added stress burden of racism over a lifetime, not just during pregnancy, increases the risk of pre-term labor.

  • Dr. Camara P. Jones, research director on Social Determinants of Health at
    the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measures racism and
    investigates the structural causes of health inequities.

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