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The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has randomly selected a group of New York City households, which have already begun to be notified that they were chosen to participate in this initiative. From June through September 2004, individuals who agree to participate will undergo a medical interview followed by a brief physical examination at a nearby Health Department clinic. Participation is completely voluntary and confidential, and does not ask about immigration status. In addition to receiving a financial incentive for their time and the results of their tests, participants can receive key feedback on their health, as well as referrals to appropriate health care services if they choose.

Once a participant is identified in a selected household, DOHMH staff will make an appointment for the participant to go to a specified DOHMH clinic. All participants who go to a clinic and complete the survey will be paid $100. The value of the laboratory and other tests done at the clinic is more than $300. At the clinic, participants will be interviewed and given a brief physical exam. In total, the process will take about 90 minutes.

NYC HANES involves a brief, confidential interview on health status behaviors, including physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use, reproductive health, sexual activity, mental well-being, and use of drugs and alcohol. The brief but comprehensive medical evaluation checks for:

· Blood pressure · Height, weight, arm and waist circumference · Cholesterol · Diabetes · Cotinine (a by-product of tobacco smoke) · Hepatitis C virus infection · Herpes simplex virus infection · Some participants will be tested for exposure to pesticides and heavy metals (e.g., mercury)

This survey will cost the City approximately $1 million. Significant assistance has been provided by the CDC. The bulk of costs will come from staff time for interviews, expenses of conducting medical exams and laboratory tests, and incentives for those who agree to participate.

NYC HANES Confidentiality

DOHMH will keep the information collected for the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NYC HANES) confidential. Any information that is published about the study will not identify individuals; individualized information about participants will be combined with the information of other participants.

For more information on NYC HANES, New Yorkers can visit www.nyc.gov/health/nychanes or call 311.


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