UMMC Involvement in Participant Recruitment

  • UMMC medical students and residents will have the opportunity to volunteer to assist in the study by recruiting family physicians and ob/gyns practicing in Mississippi to participate in the survey. Students are encouraged to recruit participants from among their personal and professional networks via email, web link distribution, or other methods as appropriate.
  • Each UMMC volunteer will be given a recruiter ID number. For each completed survey linked to this recruiter number, students will receive a $50 gift card (such as Visa or Amazon) as a recruitment incentive. Please note that students involved in recruitment are not themselves eligible to participate in the survey.
  • Following data collection, the SSRC research team will meet with the UMMC volunteers to discuss analytic strategies and debrief findings. We anticipate multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts resulting from the work – the UMMC volunteers will receive co-authorship credit as appropriate on these resultant publications.
  • UMMC medical students and residents can indicate their interest in participating by registering via the link below. Those who register will receive an email in early January 2018 with details and scheduling options for an in-person training.

Background Information on the Study

  • Despite recent positive trends, both unintended and adolescent pregnancies remain major public health concerns across Mississippi. In order to strengthen efforts to address these disparities, the Center for Mississippi Health Policy (, has contracted with Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center ( to conduct a study to better understand the availability of contraceptive care in Mississippi.
  • The SSRC is conducting surveys among nurse practitioners, obstetricians/gynecologists and family practice physicians to gain an understanding of the various health providers’ clinical practices regarding contraceptive provision, with a particular interest in health providers’ practices involving long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).  The survey takes about 10 minutes (generally less) and can be completed on a computer or mobile device. To date, the research team has recruited a sufficient number of surveys from nurse practitioners. We are now focusing our recruitment efforts on family physicians and ob/gyns.
  • The findings from the study will be used to guide policy directions in maximizing access to contraceptive care across Mississippi. The study will also provide data about disparities in access to contraceptive care and utilization rates of common contraception methods