The Central Valley Health Policy Institute is conducting a study, SOLARS: Saving our Ladies from Early Birth and Reducing Stress”, to learn more about the prevalence of preterm birth in Latina/Hispanic mothers. In partnership with the UC San Francisco Preterm Birth Initiative, the study will look at the impact of stress, anxiety and racism – as well as resilience and coping – on preterm birth among pregnant Latina/Hispanic women who live or work in Fresno County and are 22 weeks or less into their pregnancy.

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Researchers from SOLARS will be recruiting for participants through Sept. 30, 2018.

In Fresno County, Latina/Hispanic women have a 10.1 percent rate of preterm birth, which is larger than the state average of 8.5 percent. The local work is led by Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Tania Pacheco-Werner, and Research Assistant, Sonia Mendoza. They are seeking 100 local women (age 16 and older), of Latina/Hispanic descent, to take part in the survey, which will also include up to $200 in cash incentive. Surveys can be completed online or in person. The study will follow participants throughout their pregnancy and after the birth of their baby, starting at 12 weeks of pregnancy until six weeks after the baby is born.

In addition to the surveys, researchers will provide the participants with resources to counseling services, therapy, healthcare, food, shelter and energy assistance.

For more information, contact solars.fresno@gmail.com or 559.228.2162.

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Dr. Tania Pacheco-Werner (middle) and Sonia Mendoza (R) sat down with Central Valley Today to discuss their study. Catch them next on ABC30’s Latino Life August 19 at 10:30 a.m. on ABC.