Orange County, California Selected For a New 20-Year National Environmental Study

Orange County, California Selected For a New 20-Year National Environmental Study

The National Children’s Study selected Orange County as one of the first vanguard centers to launch a long-term study on children’s health and development


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Irvine, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 12, 2005–The National Children’s Study announced today that Orange County, California was selected as one of six “Vanguard Centers” for the launch of one of the most significant studies on childhood development ever undertaken. The new long-term national study will examine the effect of environmental factors and genetics on the health and well-being of children from before birth to 21 years of age. Orange County was one of eight locations throughout the nation invited to apply as a study site based on size, demographics and environment that represent the nation.

“Selecting Orange County as a launch site has created an enormous opportunity for us,” said Supervisor Lou Correa, Orange County Board of Supervisors. “We have communities with some of the youngest average populations in the nation. We are a county that is committed to the future well being of our children and we are a natural fit for the study.”

The University of California, Irvine, Children’s Hospital of Orange County and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County developed the application that promoted Orange County as an ideal launch site for the study that will track the physical and mental health of 100,000 children across the United States, and is designed to help identify the causes of many of today’s childhood diseases and disorders. The National Children’s Study will begin in 2007 with preliminary results from the first years available in 2008-2009.

“The Commission is using Proposition 10 tax dollars to fund programs to improve the health and education of young children,” said Sally Snyder, RN, Chair of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County. “This study will provide us valuable information that can help guide future investments in prevention programs to improve children’s health.”

The study led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – through the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated 96 locations across the nation where it will recruit and enroll eligible participants, and track them over 21 years. The 2005 budget included $12 million to launch the study, and $69 million is needed for full implementation.

The Children and Families Commission of Orange County oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10 that added a 50-cent sales tax on tobacco products sold in California to fund education, health and child development programs for children from the prenatal stage to age five and their families.

Orange County, California Selected For a New 20-Year National Environmental Study