Issue 10 | April 2021
Study News & Updates
EMBRACE aims to contribute substantial evidence to the link between models of prenatal care, experiences of discrimination, and dissatisfaction with care, and poor birth and mental health outcomes.
Participant Recruitment
Recruitment Update
Prior to pausing recruitment in March 2020, we had 101 participants enrolled in EMBRACE.
Recruitment was paused between March and October 2020. The recruitment team has recruited 82 participants since resuming through a combination of in-person and virtual recruitment methods.
We currently have 183 participants enrolled in EMBRACE!
Participant Demographics
As we know, preterm birth disproportionately affects women of color, with Black women facing the largest burden. In order to ensure adequate participant representation, the EMBRACE team is prioritizing
the recruitment of Black women. We have a goal to have at least 10% of our participant population identify as Black; currently, 8.7% of participants identify only as African American or Black, and 12.6% identify as Black when including multi-racial participants.
Provider Recruitment
Dr. Marci Dabbs with Saint Agnes OBGYN has joined the study and is actively recruiting.
Provider recruitment is ongoing; we are actively in conversations to onboard and begin recruitment with additional providers, including a local Federally Qualified Health Center. We continue in our efforts to recruit providers who see the largest share of African American and Black patients.
We are incredibly thankful for the following clinical partners who are currently participating:
Family HealthCare Network Fresno ACC
Sylvia Sanchez, PA
Saint Agnes Obstetrics & Gynecology
Oscar Young, DO
Marci Dabbs, MD
Community Engagement
Study Advisory Group
The next Study Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 9am PST via Zoom.
General Information
The COVID Enhancement component of the study is complete. Interviews with EMBRACE and Black Infant Health participants informed us of the experiences of receiving prenatal care during COVID-19 and helped in the redefining of the individual care comparator and the modification of the Glow! comparators. Manuscripts sharing the findings are in progress and will be shared once they are published.
EMBRACE Social Media
Have you followed us on social media? The links are below! Please help us expand our reach by liking and sharing our posts. We want to get the word out to increase community awareness of the study, the more people that are aware of the study, the more likely we are to meet our recruitment goals.

On Facebook, our first recruitment post has reached over 3200 people, and our recruitment staff and participation video are each have over 1200 views. We appreciate all engagement with these posts so far, please continue to share!

If you have any ideas on future posts, please reach out to us!
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