Kings County residents in line for national health study
by Andrew Shilling
Aug 27, 2014 | 659 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz encourages his constituents to take part in NHANES study.
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz encourages his constituents to take part in NHANES study.
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NHANES senior study manager Nora Martinello discusses the study.
NHANES senior study manager Nora Martinello discusses the study.
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In an effort to evolve national health programs across the country, Brooklyn has been selected by the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) as one of 15 counties across the nation to be part of one of its most comprehensive surveys yet.

The study aims to expand knowledge of medical conditions and health indicators like diabetes, obesity, infectious diseases and reproductive health of primarily African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Hispanics.

Surveyors are gearing up to begin their study later this month, as nearly 5,000 residents will randomly be selected and contacted for various medical information through mail and door-to-door visits.

“Importantly, the survey helps us understand more about how personal characteristics, including attitudes, beliefs, health and cultural background, influence health outcomes,” said senior study manager Nora Martinello.

Upon completion of of the study – including a household screening, interview and examination – participants are paid a $120 cash stipend and transportation allowance.

Participants may also be asked to take part in additional studies following completion.

“Obesity, heart disease and diabetes greatly affect many of our communities here in Brooklyn,” said Dr. Aletha Maybank, assistant health commissioner for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. “We are excited that NHANES has selected Brooklyn as a place to gather vital health information.”
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