Since the early 1960s, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has traveled to 15 different counties each year, collecting data from U.S. residents. This year, Chaves County will be one of those 15 sites visited.
Starting August 9, NHANES will be located at ENMU-R for two and a half months, conducting health interviews and examinations.
Conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NHANES is a program that monitors the health and nutrition of the U.S. population based on a 5,000-person sample size. This data is then used to help develop health policies and programs. It is also an opportunity for individuals to obtain information about their health.
“NHANES serves as the nation’s ‘health check-up,’ going into communities to collect health information throughout the country,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden in a press release. “The survey is a unique resource for health information, and without it we would lack important knowledge about major health conditions.”
Some changes that have occurred because of NHANES include: improved air quality, updated vaccinations and low-fat and “light” food options at stores.
The participants are chosen, and can only be part of the survey if invited. However, if one is asked to participate and that individual agrees, the process starts with a health interview in the individual’s home and then proceeds to a health examination in one of three mobile centers.
No actual medical care is provided, but participants will receive a report on physical findings as well as compensation for their time and travel up to $125.
ENMU-R also is very excited to be hosting the four medical trucks, which will be set up in the parking area north of the old residence halls on Martin Street, across from University High School.
“ENMU-Roswell is very pleased to support this project which will give us an opportunity to learn a significant amount of broad-based health information about our county,” Jane Batson, interim assistant vice president for External Affairs, said in a press release.
For more information about the program contact Batson at 624-7233.