Duke Population Health Improvement Award
Sarahn Wheeler, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Kelley Massengale, director of research and evaluation at the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, have partnered for the third project, Engaging the Community to Understand and Eliminate Barriers to 17-P for Preterm Birth Prevention in Non-Hispanic Black Women. The researchers recognize that preterm birth rates are consistently higher in non-Hispanic black (NHB) women than in other populations. Wheeler and Massengale have been granted a co-development funding award to conduct focus groups to uncover patient-perceived barriers to following healthcare provider recommendations. Their objective is to develop clinic- and community-based interventions to increase uptake of prevention therapies for NHB women at high risk for preterm births.