Issue 14 | March 2022
Study News & Updates
EMBRACE aims to contribute substantial evidence to the link between models of enhanced prenatal care, preterm birth rates, maternal mental health outcomes, and experiences of care.
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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 is now recruiting through a combination of in-person and virtual recruitment methods.
We currently have 345 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, 6.2% of participants identify only as African American or Black, and 10% identify as Black when including multi-racial participants. Our engagement, outreach, and provider recruitment efforts are focused on increasing the enrollment of Black women.
Provider Recruitment
Provider recruitment is ongoing; we are actively in conversations to onboard and begin recruitment with additional providers. We continue in our efforts to recruit providers who see the largest share of African American and Black patients.
Staffing changes and patient volume changes continue to affect provider practices that express interest in participating. We are actively working to enable as many providers as possible to onboard so that all women in Fresno have access to participating in EMBRACE.
We are incredibly thankful for the following clinical partners who are currently participating:
Clinica Sierra Vista Elm Clinic
Ian MacAgy, MD
Helen Price, NP
Family HealthCare Network Fresno ACC
Gladys Muir, CNM, NP
Staff members at both of these sites have gone above and beyond to adapt to offering Glow! and to accommodate the EMBRACE recruitment staff; we could not have reached 345 participants without their ongoing support and truly appreciate their efforts.
Community Engagement
General Information
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.
Lecture on Environmental Exposures and Disparities in Pregnancy on March 31
Hosted by the NIH Office of Research on Women's health, the lecture, “Environmental Exposures and Disparities in Pregnancy,” will feature presentations from Drs. Tamarra James-Todd and Mahasin Mujahid.
They will discuss:
  • Environmental justice framework
  • Role of exposure assessment in understanding disparities in reproductive health outcomes
  • Historical redlining
  • Disparities in severe maternal morbidity in marginalized groups
  • Enhancing Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Pregnant Hispanic Women in a Phase III Randomized Clinical Trial.

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