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CDC to headquarter annual health survey on TU’s campus

Survey facilities will be located in lot 21 from March 18 to May 13; the campus is invited to tour April 5 from 9 – 11:30 a.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is placing four trailers in lot 21 to serve as the Baltimore County headquarters for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Baltimore County is one of fifteen U.S. counties randomly selected to participate in this year’s survey. NHANES researchers will visit a sampling of households within the county to conduct health interviews. Some of the interviewees will be invited for follow-up health exams in the CDC facilities on TU’s campus. The temporary trailers will be on TU’s campus from March 18 to May 13. Participation is voluntary and by invitation only.

“As a university, we know the importance of sound research in determining and responding to community needs,” said TU Director of Operations and Maintenance Warren Riefner. “We are happy to provide the CDC with a place to headquarter their survey.”

NHANES has assessed the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States since 1960. Public health officials, legislators and physicians use information gathered in the survey to develop health policies, design health programs and services, and expand health knowledge. NHANES data is also used to produce national references and to create standardized growth charts for pediatricians across the country.

“NHANES serves as the nation’s ‘health check-up,’ going into communities to collect health information throughout the country,” said NCHS Director Charles Rothwell. “The survey is a unique resource for health information, and without it we would lack important knowledge about major health conditions.”

NHANES researchers are hosting an open house at the temporary CDC facilities from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 5. The campus community is invited to stop by for tours and additional information.

For a history of NHANES or more information on the survey, visit https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes/ or contact NHANES Study Manager Jenni Echols at 240-315-6721.

 

By Pamela Gorsuch

 

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