5244.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

NHANES in the new millenium

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) collect comprehensive health and nutrition information by direct physical measurement on the civilian U.S. population. NHANES data continues to serve as a cornerstone for public health surveillance, for the development of health policy, and for providing overall a multi-dimensional picture of U.S. health. Data from NHANES also have been used to document health differences and disparities among race-ethnic groups. In its current inception (NHANES 1999+) NHANES collects data from a representative sample of the population, from newborns to the oldest old, with an oversampling of African-Americans, Mexican Americans, pregnant women, adolescents, and persons over 60 years. The new continuous survey design has important implications for the public health community. First, national estimates will be available annually, although as in the past, estimates for population subgroups will require a minimum of three years of data. Second, the continuous survey design feature affords greater flexibility in the content of the survey. The monitoring and surveillance functions of the survey will be part of a dynamic process. Data will be used as benchmarks to compare to risk factors, lifestyle behaviors, and nutrition nformation, and emerging public health issues. To meet the challenges of a public health environment that is both complex and ever-changing, NHANES has incorporated state of the art technology, and other innovations in survey methodology and measurement. The proposed special session will provide an overview of NHANES, and will focus on new features of the survey
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Presider(s):Raynard Kington
Brody Debra, MPH
Facilitator(s):Raynard Kington, MD, PhD
4:30 PMNHANES: an overview
Natalie Dupree, MS, Vicki Burt, MS, Raynard Kington, MD, PhD, Carla Weinberg, BS
4:45 PMPlanning and implementing a continuous National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: How will this benefit for the public health community?
Margaret McDowell, MPH, RD, Chia-Yi Wang, PhD, Karil Bialostosky, MS
5:00 PMThe laboratory component of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey : Content, field issues and quality control
Geraldine McQuillan, PhD, Brenda Lewis, MS, Barbara Lindstrom, MS, Elaine Gunter, MS
5:15 PMAssessment of exposure to environmental toxicants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Susan Schober, PhD, Jeanetta Churchill, MPH, Debra Brody, MPH, Brenda Lewis, MS
5:30 PMMeasurement of sensitive behaviors in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Debra J. Brody, MPH, Geraldine McQuillan, PhD, Elizabeth Hintz, MS
5:45 PMMeasuring health of adolescents: Challenges and solutions in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Kathryn S. Porter, MD, MS, Glenn D. Pinder, MS, Mary C. Colbert, BS, Debra J. Brody, MPH
Cosponsors:Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health; Disability Forum; Environment; Food and Nutrition; Medical Care; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA