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"A lot of people in my community don't know what premature birth is or that we are more likely to experience it. That is why I participate. I want to change that."
- Research Participant



The MEND Study

California recently passed laws that require medical providers to participate in implicit bias training — training designed to reduce racial biases and stereotypes. The laws are meant to help improve healthcare and health outcomes for Black birthing people, in particular. 
Researchers from the MEND study at UC San Francisco want to find out:
  • What do patients think about these policies?
  • How could this training help you and your community?

Your answers are important for healthcare leaders and policy-makers to hear. 

We are recruiting Black women and parents who have received prenatal, birth, or postpartum care in the East Bay (California). Study participants will:

  • Take part in a 90-minute focus group with 4-6 other patients
  • Receive $75  
  • Contribute important information for improving care for Black birthing people in California
Participants' answers and identities will be kept confidential. 

The PRAXIS Study

What are Black women and birthing person's perspectives on using Asprin during pregnancy? How do providers feel about prescribing Asprin during pregnancy? This Black-led study is hoping to learn more about people's perspectives on this potentially effective drug. 

The Study

The Pregnancy, Race, and Aspirin - eXploration of Individuals’ Stances (PRAXIS) Study seeks to assess the knowledge of and perspectives toward aspirin and other medication and supplement use in pregnancy among prenatal care providers and Black women and birthing persons.

The overall goal of this research study is to promote health equity through the promotion of person-centered counseling and decision-making around medication and supplement use in pregnancy for Black women and birthing persons.

Who Can Participate and How

  • For Black women and birthing persons:
    • Self-identify as African American/Black
    • Live in the United States
    • Currently pregnant or delivered in the past 12 months
  • For prenatal care providers:
    • Providing prenatal care independently
    • Work in the United States.


The first-of-its-kind study focused on finding out how the virus and its social impact is affecting pregnant women, birthing persons, and infants.

The Study

The HOPE COVID-19 Study is looking at how the virus that causes COVID-19 and factors associated with the pandemic like stress and social distancing might affect a woman or birthing person's risk for certain kinds of adverse pregnancy outcomes, like preterm birth and preeclampsia, as well as newborn and infant health.

We are especially interested in how the pandemic is affecting low-income and Black and Brown women and birthing persons who often suffer the impacts of systematic racism and are already at increased risk for adverse outcomes.

Who Can Participate and How

  • Survey only cohort:
    Pregnant women and birthing persons who are 18 years of age or older can participate by filling out surveys during pregnancy until their baby is 18 months old. Currently enrolling!!
  • The survey + testing cohort:
    TPregnant women and birthing persons who are 18 years of age or older can participate by filling out surveys and having laboratory testing done during pregnancy until their baby is 18-months old. Participants can receive up to $550 in gift cards! Enrolling late summer 2020.

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Operations Manager

The Operations Manager is responsible for the oversight of and managing the day-to-day operations of the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative. The individual will manage and implement a range of operations and project management deliverables for PTBi-CA, which will be informed through a community engaged and racially equitable lens. They will supervise two members of the Operations team. The successful candidate will be responsible for program planning with operational needs, researching organizational structures, policies and procedures to create and manage standard operating procedures for the initiative. They may also assist with funding and sustainability efforts. 

Community Organizing Coordinator

The Fresno GROWS Best Babies Zone Initiative (Fresno GROWS) is currently offering an empowering and rewarding career opportunity in community organizing, engagement and social justice to contribute to advancing policy, structural and environmental change to reduce the incidence and burden of preterm birth in Black families in Fresno. The Community Organizing Coordinator will coordinate community organizing efforts to expand the base of support for Fresno GROWS’ mission, develop relationships with other stakeholders and CBO partnerships within the targeted zone. The ideal candidate will have grassroots organizing experience, that will support Fresno GROWS’ partnership activities that prioritize interventions to address a wide range of upstream and downstream social determinants that can improve the care and support of Black women and families across the reproductive life course. 


UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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