Health Study Recruits Kaimuki Moms-to-be

Rasa Fournier
Wednesday - October 06, 2010
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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 door-to-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 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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