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“We are grateful that many New Yorkers have already chosen to participate in NYC HANES,” he continued. “However, with time running out, we need every person who received an invitation to participate to step forward and complete the survey in the coming eight weeks. New York is counting on you.”

What is NYC HANES? From June through September 2004, trained DOHMH staff are 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 care 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 brief but comprehensive 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.

NYC HANES Confidentiality

DOHMH will keep the information collected for NYC HANES strictly confidential. Any information that is published about the study will not identify individuals.

New Yorkers may call 311 for information on HANES. Brochures in English, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Korean, and Russian can also be found online at www.nyc.gov/health/nychanes or by calling 311.

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