Al­most preg­nant and liv­ing in Kaimuki? UH study wants you.

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - FRONT PAGE - By RASA FOURNIER

Kaimuki is one of the first neigh­bor­hoods ran­domly se­lected for “ the largest long-term study of chil­dren’s health ever done in the United States,” ac­cord­ing to Randy Obata, the study’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity af­fairs for UH Manoa.

The project will fol­low the lives of chil­dren from within the womb to age 21 in the $3 mil­lion ex­am­i­na­tion of how keiki health is af­fected by ge­netic and en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors. Re­searchers will con­sider med­i­cal and psy­cho-so­cial data, as well as the child’s fam­ily health his­tory. They also will study sam­ples of the air, earth and wa­ter in the child’s play, school and com­mu­nity en­vi­ron­ments.

“Kaimuki res­i­dents can ex­pect to re­ceive a post­card the week of Oct. 11, telling them about the study and the up­com­ing field re­search ac­tiv­ity,” said Obata. “The field re­searchers are sched­uled to be­gin walk­ing doorto-door in Kaimuki start­ing in early Novem­ber.”

About 20 re­searchers, wear­ing ID badges and shirts bear­ing the study’s logo, will con­duct in­ter­views over sev­eral months. An­other method of re­cruit­ment will be through health care providers. The re­searchers are look­ing for par­tic­i­pants who “ may be­come preg­nant in the next few years.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the study, visit www.Na­tion­alChil­dren­sStu dy.gov or call 692-1920.

The re­search staff also will have a booth from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the an­nual Cel­e­brate Kaimuki Kanikapila, near Kaimuki Com­mu­nity Park.

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