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Recruitment and Retention of African American and Hispanic Girls and Women in Research


Correspondence to:

Debra C. Wallace, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 210 Moore Nursing Bldg, Greensboro, NC 27412. E-mail:


Recruiting women and girls into research studies, especially minority women, continues to be a major challenge that impacts health policy and delivery systems. This article discusses various strategies to recruit and retain African American and Hispanic girls and women in studies. Strategies for successful recruitment focus on trust, familiarity and visibility, racial and ethnic similarities, environmental context, and convenience. Retention strategies include issues of transportation, language, literacy, cultural appropriateness, safety, flexibility, incentives, communication, and veracity. All strategies assist in meeting the challenge of engaging minority women in research to decrease health disparities.