Historically, women—particularly women of color—have been underrepresented in research studies. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), as of 2020, women represent only 38% of research participants. As a funder, bi3 recognizes the need for women to be equally represented in clinical studies so that their specific risks, symptoms, and diagnosis can be understood and treatments can be developed with that in mind.
Therefore, bi3 awarded a one year $175,000 grant to support the recruitment of Hamilton County women into AHA’s Research Goes Red Reproductive Health Survey, which is designed to engage women directly in the research process. This study in particular looks at the link between new mothers and cardiovascular and reproductive health. The AHA will collaborate with another bi3 partner, Cradle Cincinnati’s Queen Village, and other community influencers to identify participants.
Kiana Trabue of bi3 and Dr. Angelica Hardee of American Heart Association joined Liz Bonis on Local 12 to discuss why female representation in research matters and to encourage women to join Research Goes Red.
Research Goes Red is specifically looking for women who are pregnant, considering becoming pregnant, or have already had children. Join here!