ST. LOUIS -- The National Children's Study Gateway Study Center, which began recruiting families in St. Louis City for a 21-year research initiative last winter, will offer a progress report to the community from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Il Monastero, 3050 Olive St.
|Louise Flick, DrPH|
"I am very excited with how things are going," said Louse Flick, DrPH, principal investigator for the National Children's Study Gateway Study Center and professor of epidemiology at Saint Louis University School of Public Health.
"Feedback so far has been quite positive. Our recruitment rate - families who are eligible and have agreed to participate in the study -- is more than 60 percent, which is quite high. We've been pleased with the response of the community to this important research initiative."
The National Children's Study is the largest study of child health ever conducted in the United States. Researchers will follow more than 100,000 children from before birth to age 21 from diverse backgrounds and communities to learn about the effects of the environment and genetics on the growth, development and health of children.
Locally, the initiative is being led by Saint Louis University School of Public Health. Washington University in St. Louis, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation, St. Louis Office, are collaborating partners.
"We see this presentation as an obligation to the community -- to let them know where the project stands, to let them know specifically about the local effort and to give them an opportunity to give comments, advice and have questions answered," Flick said.
Other featured speakers who will discuss maternal child health initiatives in the community include:
- Kendra Copanas, Maternal Child and Family Health Coalition
- Ron Tompkins, Nurses for Newborns Foundation
- Consuelo H. Wilkins, M.D., Washington University
The session is co-sponsored by the Our Community, Our Health program, a partnership of Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis.
Light refreshments will be provided. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required by visiting this website. For information about conference logistics or if you are unable register online, please contact Jennifer Harlow at 314-362-9829 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the National Children's Study, please contact Nikki Weinstein at 314-880-3640, ext. 204 or email@example.com
The Our Community, Our Health Program is directed by Consuelo H. Wilkins, M.D., and co-directed by Darcell P. Scharff, Ph.D., associate dean of academic affairs at Saint Louis University School of Public Health. For more information about the program, please visit ourcommunity-ourhealth.org.