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Join a Community Advisory Board
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PTBi's Community Advisory Board

Deadline: September 30, 2020

PTBi-CA is looking for Black, Latin/x, Indigenous or Pacific Islander advocates who are passionate about improving the birth outcomes in their communities to join our Community Advisory Board (CAB). The PTBi CAB is deeply engaged in the initiative's research prioritization, grant proposal review and funding decisions. This is a paid opportunity with a six hour per month time commitment.

UCSF Youth Advisory Board

Deadline: September 25, 2020

The Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program (PCRHP) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) research team is in the process of designing a youth-friendly, respectful digital health resource intended to educate and equip young people with the knowledge and resources necessary to take charge of their own health and healthcare. The program is looking for 13-18-year-olds and especially interested in engaging with Black youth. Youth will meet 4 times over a year and will receive a $50 gift certificate per meeting.

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Join a Study

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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 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:
    Pregnant 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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Training Opportunities

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Benioff Community Innovators Oakland

Deadline: September 18, 2020

We are thrilled to be launching the second cohort of Benioff Community Innovators in October 2020 in Oakland! This is an empowering, paid professional development opportunity in the areas of health equity, participatory action research, community organizing, and policy advocacy for ten Oakland residents.

This Research Justice Workforce Development Program will work with community scholars to research issues related to BIPOC preterm birth and use those findings to create policy and change that will affect the birth outcomes in Oakland.

Postdoctoral Transdisciplinary Research Fellowship

Deadline: October 15, 2020 

PTBi offers a two-year transdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship focused on reducing disparities in preterm birth and improving maternal and neonatal outcomes. This fellowship is an extraordinary opportunity to work with world-class researchers and mentors, develop ideas and partnerships within a collaborative network, and formally build additional research skills. 

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Pilot Award in Prematurity Research
Deadline: October 15, 2020

A part of our mission to reduce disparities in preterm birth rates and improve outcomes for babies who are born too soon is realized by funding innovative projects in prematurity research. Twice a year, in spring and fall, we accept applications through the UCSF Research Allocation Program (RAP) for Pilot Awards, up to $40,000 over one year.