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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 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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Graduate Student Researchers

The HOPE and PROMPT teams are looking to add 1-2 graduate student researchers (GSRs) to their team. The GSRs will perform under the general direction of the study Principal Investigators (Dr. Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski and Dr. Elizabeth Rogers), senior study epidemiologists, and the lead clinical research coordinator. Depending on time commitment and study needs, GSRs may be assigned to one study or both but will work with a faculty and support team with commitments across HOPE and PROMPT studies.

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Content Creator and Social Media Manager

The California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) is seeking a Content Creator and Social Media Manager with a love of social and a passion for video and creativity to help us coordinate and manage our social media channels. This new role will create content for all our social media accounts, including Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook with an emphasis on TikTok. That means coming up with concepts, shooting video and still content, editing videos, retouching photos, mixing sound, and building out production- and go-live-ready content.

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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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