Brown Bag Discussion: National Children’s Study- Cache Valley site ends Recruitment Phase

March 6, 2012 by cpehrson

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At this month’s CPD Brown Bag, Mark Innocenti, Co-Coordinator of the National Children’s Study in Cache County, lead the discussion, updating CPD staff about the current status of the Cache Valley Study, which was launched November, 2010.

The University of Utah is contracted by the National Children’s Study to implement the Study in Utah; one of the seven original sites.  USU is subcontracted by the U of U to implement the NCS in Cache Valley. The CV Study is one of 37 vanguard  sites across the nation.   Mark and Co-Coordinator Vonda Jump hired 28 new staff to begin the Recruitment Phase in Cache Valley. Extensive renovation of the facility that houses the Study here at USU was required to make the research site secure and to ensure confidentiality of the data collected.

The pilot enrollment for Cache Valley- started in December 2010- just ended on March 1st of this year.  Since March 2011, nearly 27,000 surveys were mailed to Cache households to about half of the potentially eligible women in Cache Valley. The response has been phenomenal, with approximately 800 women signing up who met the requirements of being pregnant or just having had a baby. That number represents 10% of the entire number participating in the nation at the present time!

During this initial phase, nearly 350 Cache Valley NCS-enrolled babies have been born.  It looks like the CV Study staff have their work cut out for them for the next 21 years!

You can read more about the National Children’s Study and the impact it will have on improving the health of children for years to come in an upcoming Featured Story on the CPD web site.

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Cache Valley National Children’s Study expands data collection

December 6, 2011 by cpehrson

Hea photos of a young mom and dad with their little boy; all smiling and happy

The National Children’s Study in Cache County is pleased to announce the expansion of our data collection to include environmental and biologic samples.   Due to the enthusiastic and professional performance of the local team at Utah State University, Cache County is one of the first locations in the country to implement expanded field visits. The visits now include environmental sampling of water and dust, as well as biological sampling of maternal blood and urine. This sampling occurs in coordination with confidential interviews that include both mothers and fathers before and after a child is born.  We anticipate additional samples to be added in early 2012.

In cooperation with Logan Regional Hospital, cord blood and placenta samples are now collected when Study participants give birth.  Birth interviews conducted by Study staff continue as well.

The response of Cache County families to the National Children’s Study has been overwhelming.  We have enrolled more than 700 families since the beginning of 2011 and the study appreciates their willingness to share their most private information in order to improve the health and well-being of children.

The National Children’s Study will examine the effects of the environment, including the physical, chemical, biologic, and psycho-social exposures, on children from before birth until age 21.

For more information on how you can help this groundbreaking study, visit the Cache National Children’s Study online or call 435-797-KIDS.


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Celebrating Motherhood-Birth options seminar

October 31, 2011 by cpehrson

The National Children’s Study-Cache Valley is hosting a health seminar on November 5, 2011, from 10:00 – 2:00 at the USU Extension Office, 179 N. Main Street, Suite 109, Logan, Utah.

The topic is Celebrating Motherhood-Birth Options.  This seminar is designed to help women who are pregnant or thinking about having a baby sort through the options surrounding pregnancy and childbirth.

Speakers include Dr. Brian Carlson, a family physician, who will be speaking about the care provided both in office visits as well as during labor and delivery.  D’Anne Moon from the Cache Valley Women’s Center, will discuss birthing plans – what are they, how to create one and how to communicate it during labor.  She will also be speaking as a certified nurse midwife who works in conjunction with physicians, joined by Anne Pico, who is a direct entry midwife.  Dolores Michael, who is a dula, will speak about comfort measures during labor – ways to manage your pain naturally.  The La Leche League will also be presenting information about the benefits of breastfeeding.

This is the first in a series of health information seminars geared toward pregnant women.  The NCS-Cache Valley plans is to hold the Birthing Options seminar annually or biannually, as well as another seminar on issues facing a family immediately after the birth of a child. Possible topics include choosing a child care provider, post partum depression, exercise,  breastfeeding and weaning.
If you are interested in learning more about the National Children’s Study, or would like to participate in it, you can go to the NCS website.

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Groundbreaking study includes sites in Cache, Salt Lake Counties

March 18, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

In Cache County, the study will eventually follow 1000 births.

This year in Cache County, researchers will begin recruiting women in selected neighborhoods for a groundbreaking study that examines the effects of environment on children’s health. As part of the National Children’s Study,  researchers will follow children from before birth until they turn 21.

They will choose families who represent a cross-section of ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic groups. Eventually the study will follow 1000 births in Cache County.

The National Children’s Study will have locations in Utah; Salt Lake and Cache counties. A KUTV Channel 2 news report shows an example of how the research will examine the effects air pollution on children’s health, beginning by studying the environment where pregnant mothers live.

The Cache County study is led by the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah in collaboration with the CPD’s Early Intervention Research Institute at Utah State University.

Nationally it is led by the US Depeartment of Health and Human Services through the National Institutes of Health; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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