Nourishing Beginnings



Nourishing Beginnings is...

  • A research study to learn about the impact of connecting pregnant people to fresh, nutritious food during their pregnancy and postpartum.
  • Currently only available to Better Health Pathways HUB participants (Medicaid eligible).
  • For expecting parents and their babies during pregnancy and postpartum.

Eligibility to Participate

  • Medicaid eligible
  • 18 years or older
  • Able to read and understand English
  • Enrolled by a Better Health Pathways HUB Community Health Worker (CHW)

Enrollment & Evaluation

  • Once enrolled in the Better Health Pathways HUB, participants are randomly placed into one of two program study groups. Both groups are of equal value and participants are not able to choose or change their assigned study group.
  • During enrollment in this project — and throughout the 12–18 months study afterward — participants will be asked questions about: Health, Diet, Lifestyle, Pregnancy & Delivery. Participants will be compensated for their time spent on data collection activities.
  • The research team will evaluate which approach best benefits pregnant people and their babies based on responses. 

Group 1 participants receive:

  • Boxed food items  delivered to the home every other week by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. 

  • Foods that are fresh, unprocessed, highly nutritious, and customized to fit the pregnant person‘s preferences.
  • Boxes that are sized to feed all members of the household.
  • Opportunity to provide monthly feedback about the food, which can be adjusted.

Group 2 participants receive:

  • Financial assistance for the purchase of food.
  • Access to a helpful web-based food resources tool.
  • Training and assistance from community health workers locating healthy food options in their neighborhood.



All participants receive:

  • Connection to a community health worker who can provide support and assist with care coordination.
  • Assistance with needed kitchen items.
  • Access to easy-to-understand recipes that reflect their dietary needs during pregnancy and after delivery.

About the Study    

  • The study is designed to test the feasibility and effectiveness of implementing a community health worker (CHW)-led intervention to improve nutritious food access and consumption among pregnant people.
  • The goal is to identify the most effective way to support people during and after their pregnancies. Participants are asked a series of questions to help researchers understand the impact of the study.
  • This research study is a joint effort among Better Health Partnership, Case Western Reserve University, First Year Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. 
  • The Case Western Reserve University Institutional Review Board has approved this study. 
    You or your doctor may contact the study research staff to learn more about this study. You may also refer to this study by its identifier: NCT05341960.


Better Health Partnership
Pathways HUB

Marie Velez

(216) 778-7525

Case Western Reserve University Meredith Goodwin

(216) 368-0337

Greater Cleveland Food Bank Alissa Glenn

(440) 785-0379

For Participant's Rights Questions   (216) 368-0838



This research study is made possible with generous funding from the Bruening Foundation and Vitamix Foundation. The research is further supported by the CWRU Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) of Cleveland which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant, UL1TR002548."


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