The National Children’s Study is unique because it involves children and families from different areas of the country, diverse cultures and backgrounds, and varied family types and traditions. This diversity will allow researchers to investigate the exposures and outcomes that are important to various communities throughout the overall U.S. population.
The National Children’s Study will be conducted in Study locations across the United States. See the Study Locations list for specific information on which locations are involved in the Vanguard phase of the Study.
These various communities play a big role in the success of the Study. Several committees are active in helping guide and inform the National Children’s Study in local communities.
- NCS National Community Representatives: There are about ten National Community Representatives from across the country that provide guidance to the Program Office on outreach and engagement activities, and participant perspectives. These Representatives have a wide variety of expertise but are all passionate about improving the health of America’s children.
- Regional Community Engagement Advisory Committees: There are currently four Regional Community Engagement Advisory Committees; each is made up of roughly 20 members. These committees provide guidance to the Regional Operations Centers on partnering with local businesses and community organizations, and how best to reach each NCS community.
Many communities will also work with local organizations, health care providers, local governments, and other community groups to help spread the word about the Study and to advise Study staff.
The success of the Study depends on the participation of families. Communities can help by supporting the National Children’s Study and letting participants know the importance of their contributions.