Looking towards the future...
In 2016, the National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded the Healthy Start Study with the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes, or the ECHO grant. Although the protocol for this grant is still in the planning phase, ECHO has been awarded to multiple sites that have been conducting longitudinal research on mom and child pair cohorts.
Why is this important?
This grant allows staff to continue follow-up with Healthy Start moms and children starting at 7 years of age. With help from institutions such as the NIH, investigators are able to continue vital longitudinal research.