The National Children’s Study

The National Children’s Study is the largest, long-term study of children’s health ever done the in the United States. More than 100,000 women, children and families will participate in the National Children’s Study. Researchers will follow children’s development from before they are born until 21 years old. The Study will look at factors that affect children’s health and development, such as their family health history and the places where they live, learn and play. The goal of the National Children’s Study is to improve the health and well-being of children today and for generations to come.
New Orleans role in the National Children’s Study

New Orleans (Orleans Parish) is one of 105 communities across the country to participate in the Study. New Orleans was randomly selected to help fairly represent all of America’s children in the Study.  The Study locations are diverse in geography and population. Tulane University is conducting the Study in New Orleans in partnership with local hospitals and community organizations. 

Study Progress

The National Children’s Study just concluded a one-year recruitment pilot, known as the Vanguard Study.  The Vanguard Study will evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and cost of three recruitment strategies, as well as Study operations.  Results of the Vanguard Study will be used to design the Main Study and identify the best ways to recruit women and families to join the Study.
We launched the pilot Vanguard Study in the spring of 2011.  You may have seen our billboards and print ads, heard our radio commercials, or received a letter over the past year introducing the Study to our community.  These were all part of a recruitment strategy designed to test community outreach and mass media methods to enroll women into the Study. This recruitment model, known as Hi Lo, encourages eligible women to contact the Study Center to enroll in the Study. Other study locations tested a household enumeration model in which field staff went door to door to enroll eligible women and the provider-based model in which eligible women learned about the Study through their health care provider. Since we launched recruitment is spring 2011, many women and children have enrolled in the Study.
Enrollment in the Vanguard Study is now closed.  Check back for Study updates and opportunities to participate in future phases of National Children’s Study.

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