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NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE

Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

nyc.gov/health

Thursday, August 5, 2004 (212) 788-5290; (212) 764-7667

HEALTH COMMISSIONER URGES ELIGIBLE NEW YORKERS TO PARTICIPATE IN LANDMARK HEALTH SURVEY: “NEW YORK CITY IS COUNTING ON YOU!”

NEW YORK CITY August 5, 2004 – At the survey’s halfway mark, Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH urged all invited New Yorkers to participate in the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NYC HANES), an historic opportunity to learn about their own and our City’s health. To date, only half of selected households have agreed to complete the survey.

You cannot be replaced! If you are part of the selected group, we cannot fill your position with another person if you choose not to participate.

All participants receive key feedback on their health – including diabetes status and cholesterol level – as well as referrals to appropriate health care services if they choose.

Participants who complete the survey will be paid $100 and will receive medical tests valued at more than $300.

Participation is completely confidential, and immigration status is never discussed.

NYC HANES will present the most comprehensive picture of our City’s health ever, helping to target resources where they are most needed.

New York is counting on you!

Why Should Every Eligible New Yorker Participate in HANES?

This month, DOHMH began canvassing select neighborhoods in Manhattan and Queens.

DOHMH has already visited households in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island to enroll people who were previously notified that they are part of the selected group. In some neighborhoods – Riverdale in the Bronx; Brooklyn Heights and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn; and Sunnyside on Staten Island – only 14% to 40% of people completed the initial interview, compared to more than 80% in others, such as Bedford Park, Norwood, and Mott Haven in the Bronx; Bushwick and Sunset Park in Brooklyn; and Grasmere on Staten Island.

NYC HANES is the first comprehensive survey to use physical exams and laboratory tests to assess health 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.

Commissioner Frieden said, “5,000 households from all five boroughs have been selected to participate in the survey and represent the more than 8 million people living in New York City. They were carefully selected based on their geographic location using a lottery system, and, unfortunately, they cannot be substituted with others who may want to volunteer. To understand the health of our City, I urge every person who has been asked to participate to do so. While $100 compensation and a free medical exam with hundreds of dollars worth of free tests may not be enough of an incentive for every New Yorker, we hope that every person who has been selected will see this as an opportunity to give a few hours of their time to an historic effort whose goal is to make the City healthier.”

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