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A gift for participants in local study

“The impact of psycho-social stress on pregnant women” available
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Michaela Howells [photo: tlh]

Michaela Howells, program director for a University of Colorado study being conducted on stress and pregnancy in Samoan women, has “thank you” gifts available for participants. Her study — “The impact of psycho-social stress on pregnant women” — was conducted exclusively in American Samoa and is nearing completion.

The gifts are available for women who participated in the study, which was conducted at the Tafuna Health Center (on the Procurement road, behind McDonald’s) between November, 2010 and April 2012.

Gifts consist of phone cards, and both ASTCA and BlueSky cards are available.

Women who met with researcher Michaela, and were interviewed during that meeting, are eligible for the thank you gift.

According to the researcher, over 200 women participated in the study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation along with the Wenner Gren Foundation, which yearly awards funds for top graduate students in anthropology. The NSF grant was a Dissertation Improvement Grant awarded to Howells to support her research in Samoa.

Participants are asked to bring their medical ID cards (hospital ID) to Ms. Gau Sipili, Nursing Assistant in the Prenatal Care Department at the Tafuna clinic. Women must pick up their gift by May 25, and program manager Michaela wishes to thank ASTCA and BlueSky for their support, as well as the staff and leadership of Department of Health and LBJ, who have provided resources critical to this project.



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