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Children’s health after the storms : final report
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    September 2013
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Children’s health after the storms : final report
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    RTI International. ; Center for Environmental Health (U.S.). Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects. ;
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    Executive summary – 1. Background – 2. Study methods -- 3. Findings -- 4. Recommendations -- Appendix A: List of analytes, media, and source of samples -- Appendix B: Protocols for laboratory analyses conducted in the CHATS feasibility study .

    On August 30, 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded a contract to RTI International to conduct the Feasibility Study phase of a longitudinal health study (known as the Children’s Health after the Storms [CHATS] study). The purpose of the study was to assess the potential health effects of environmental exposures to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)‐provided temporary housing units (THUs) among children who had resided in areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. On May 7, 2012, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) gave approval to conduct the CHATS study. The approved study had been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) of RTI, CDC, and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. By design, the Feasibility Study was to include developing and accessing study materials and conducting field data collection, including Baseline and Follow‐up health and environmental exposure data, on approximately 500 children. This target was later changed to 420 children. Field data collection for the Baseline Assessments began on May 8, 2012, and the 6‐month Follow‐up Assessments were completed on May 24, 2013; abstraction of medical records was completed on June 15, 2013. The purpose of the Feasibility Study was to collect data that CDC would use to determine whether a Full Study phase of the CHATS study would be practical and could be implemented. The objectives of the Feasibility Study were as follows:

    • Assess the feasibility of locating, enrolling, and retaining study participants.

    • Assess the feasibility of locating medical records.

    • Evaluate operational issues of proposed data collection methods (e.g., data quality, selection bias, information bias, health, effectiveness of exposure assessment methodology).

    RTI Project Number 0212734 prepared for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects.

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