The Coalition had the pleasure of hearing a presentation from Dr. Mark Hudak, a neonatologist and the lead location investigator for the National Children’s Study in Baker County, at the April meeting.
Baker County is one of three Florida counties participating in the national project, which will include 105 counties nationwide. It is the only rural county to participate in Florida; the other counties are Hillsborough and Miami-Dade.
Over the next four years, the Study will recruit approximately 200 mothers and newborn babies in order to compile information about the growth, health and development and environment of Baker County children from birth to age 21. The participants in Baker County will be part of 100,000 children studied in total throughout the country.
The Study aims to look at the causes and precursors of diseases like asthma, autism, diabetes and obesity.
The Study is a collaboration between the University of Miami, the University of Florida, and the University of South Florida; the Baker County Health Department; Battelle Memorial Institute; other civic, community, and faith-based organizations in Baker County; and a community advisory group.
For more information, call 1-888-506-8499.