2004-10-14 / Medical

City Officials Call On All Brooklynites To Participate In Important Health Survey

With two weeks remaining, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, MD MPH, was joined by Brooklyn’s Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham and a Brooklyn resident to urges Brooklynites to participate in the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NYC HANES). The largest number of people who have not yet accepted the invitation to participate in NYC HANES are Brooklynites, approximately 400 people in the Borough.

Dr. Frieden said, “Our surveyors have knocked on the door of every selected Brooklyn household to make sure Brooklyn is well represented in this survey. For those who have not yet participated, I encourage you to open your doors to our surveyors and follow through with your appointment. Your fellow Brooklyn residents, and the entire City, is counting on you!”

NYC HANES is the first comprehensive survey to use physical exams and laboratory tests to assess status in New York City or any other community in the U.S. These methods will provide the most accurate information ever available about diabetes, high cholesterol, and other health conditions among City residents.

Since June 2004, trained DOHMH staff have been visiting selected households to identify eligible individuals who choose to participate in the survey. They then make an appointment for the participant to go to a nearby health center for a brief, confidential interview and medical evaluation, In total, the process takes about 90 minutes.

All participants receive key feedback on their health, as well as referrals to appropriate health services if they choose. Those who complete the survey will be paid $100. The value of the laboratory and other tests done at the health center is more than $300. Transportation to health centers is also available.

The medical evaluation checks blood pressure, height, weight, waist circumference, cholesterol, diabetes, cotinine (a by-product of tobacco smoke), hepatitis C virus infection, and herpes simplex virus infection. Some participants will also be tested for exposure to pesticides and heavy metals (e.g., mercury). The interview focuses on health behaviors, including physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use, reproductive health, mental well-being, sexual activity, and use of drugs and alcohol.

Five-thousand households in New York City have been selected to represent the more than 9 million New Yorkers. DOHMH has sent letters to and visited every selected household. If you have received a letter or a visit, and would like more information about the survey or would like to make an appointment to participate, call 311 or 212-442-8436.

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