Zero to Thrive is committed to supporting families through challenging times and stands in solidarity with Black families and communities.

View our comprehensive database of COVID-19 resources and our list of parent resources on race and racism.

Zero to Thrive Statement Against Police Brutality and Systemic Racism

We at Zero to Thrive stand in solidarity with Black families across the nation, and with our colleagues, families, friends, and communities, in protest against systemic racism, violence and police brutality.  We recognize the long history of racism that was at the foundation of the establishment of our nation, and that perpetuates continued violence against Black families.   We understand that these experiences lay a foundation for the health, education, social, and economic disparities and inequities that lead to present-day profound differences in the experience of the pandemic for people of color, where mortality rates for Black people are at least three times greater than for those of White people; where Black mothers die 3-4 times more often than White mothers giving birth; Black children are about three times more likely to live in poverty than White children; and the list goes on.  In the face of this injustice, past and present, we claim our collective responsibility to contribute to the dismantling of these systems of oppression through careful listening, a commitment to self-reflection that leads to anti-racist action, and through work with our various personal and professional communities that aims to disrupt existing racist structures and promote equitable contexts and outcomes for children and families of color.  

The vision of Zero to Thrive is that from pregnancy through early childhood, all families have the well-being necessary to achieve their full potential.   This means that responsibility for raising healthy, resilient children, and for intergenerational change, rests with all of us.  We are committed to working to uncover and meaningfully address the racism that perpetuates inequities.  We strive for the day when Black mothers and fathers across the nation do not have to live with fear for the lives of the children they nurture and raise, and for a time when all our children and families live in a nation that provides the fertile soil that allows all children to grow and thrive.  

“In the face of this injustice, past and present, we claim our collective responsibility to contribute to the dismantling of these systems of oppression through careful listening, a commitment to self-reflection that leads to anti-racist action, and through work with our various personal and professional communities that aims to disrupt existing racist structures and promote equitable contexts and outcomes for children and families of color. “


For resources about supporting conversations with young children on race and racism, please visit our Parent Resources page

 We look forward to continued engagement and dialogue as a community during this important time.

In solidarity,

Zero to Thrive Leadership
  • Kate Rosenblum, PhD, ABPP, Zero to Thrive Co-Director
  • Maria Muzik, MD, MSc, Zero to Thrive Co-Director
  • Lynette Biery, PA-C, MSc, Zero to Thrive Strategic Director
  • Alison Miller, PhD, Zero to Thrive Translational Network Chair
  • Sheila Marcus, MD, MC3 Director
  • Nicole Miller, LMSW, Zero to Thrive Program Manager
  • Kate Bullard, LMSW, MPH, Perinatal Clinic Manager
  • Karen Smith, LMSW, IMH-E, Infant and Early Childhood Clinic Manager
Zero to Thrive Translational Network and Faculty Affiliates
  • Julie Ribaudo, LMSW, IMH-E, School of Social Work
  • Jenny Radesky, MD, Pediatrics
  • Prachi Shah, MD, Pediatrics
  • Richard Dopp, MD, Psychiatry
  • Paresh Patel, MD, Psychiatry
  • Dayna LePlatte, MD, Psychiatry
  • Sharon Mudd, PMHCNS-BC, NP, Psychiatry
  • Martin Heggestad, LMSW, Psychiatry
  • David Fulkerson, LMSW, Psychiatry
  • Greta Raglan, PhD, Psychiatry
  • Leslie Swanson, PhD, Psychiatry
  • Samantha Shaw, MD, Psychiatry
  • Kate Fitzgerald, MD, Psychiatry
  • Joshua Kay, PhD, JD, School of Law
  • Jennie Jester, PhD, Psychiatry
  • Megan Julian, PhD, Psychiatry
  • Melisa Schuster, LMSW, Michigan Medicine Department of Social Work
  • Natasha Pilkauskas, PhD, Ford School of Public Policy
  • Angela Johnson, PhD, Michigan Medicine
  • Nicole Gardner-Neblett, PhD, Psychology
  • Angela Fish, PhD, Psychiatry
  • Erin Hughes-Krieger, MSW, Psychiatry
  • Anne Kramer, LMSW, Psychiatry
Zero to Thrive Psychiatry Staff and Trainees
  • Rachel Waddell, LMSW, Psychiatry
  • Cherylle Hershey, Psychiatry
  • Britanny Doughty, LMSW, Psychiatry
  • Natalie Burns, LMSW, Psychiatry
  • Daniella Chavez, Psychiatry
  • Jessica Riggs, PhD, Psychiatry
  • Kathryn Forshe, Psychiatry
  • Sarah Freeman, MPH, Psychiatry
  • Alanah Hall, MPH, Psychiatry
  • Kiyah Mills, Psychiatry
  • Emily Taylor, Psychiatry
  • Hope O’Neill, Psychiatry
  • Emily Alfafara, Psychiatry