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April 2008Vol. 9, No. 3The National Children's Study

Several agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been working together on the National Children's Study, a long-term look at the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children from birth to age 21. Researchers are investigating the impact of natural and manmade environmental factors, including physical surroundings, social factors, behavioral influences, and cultural and family influences on children's development. Several of the working hypotheses developed by the study's researchers have implications for child welfare, including hypotheses regarding the impact of traumatic brain injury, antecedents and resiliency to traumatic life events, and the impact of the family and the community on child health and development.

The National Children's Study recently announced another major step toward full implementation with the issuing of a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for additional study centers. The due date for submission of proposals is May 2. The study began in 2000, and the first study results will be available in 2010. The study is scheduled to continue to 2034.

Visit the website to learn more about the National Children's Study, the recent RFP, and how to subscribe to email updates: