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The National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is conducting a major study of the health of persons living in the United States. Hampden County, Massachusetts has been randomly selected as one of the survey locations during the current National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
For more than 55 years, NHANES has been used to monitor the health and nutritional status of US residents of all ages. Recent NHANES data have been used to monitor trends in obesity prevalence among children and adults and has been used to evaluate the effectiveness of HPV vaccinations. Data are collected through household interviews and standardized medical examinations in our mobile examination center. The enclosed fact sheet describes NHANES in more detail.
NHANES will be conducting a survey in the Hampden County starting June 7, 2019, through September 2, 2019. A sample of about 623 people from Hampden County will be asked to participate in the survey. Interviewers will be calling on designated households throughout the area. They will obtain the demographic information used to identify and select people for examination.
It is important for us to ensure you, our residents that this legitimate survey is a federally funded national effort with significant influence on health policy across the nation. Here is confidentiality information detailing the lengths that they take to secure the data collected. More information can be found online at www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please call their Study Manager, Janis Eklund, at 1-800-379-9389.