2004-10-01 / Community

Health Dept. Comes Knocking To Rockaway

By Brian Magoolaghan

Staff from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will be visiting homes in Broad Channel and Far Rockaway this month as part of a landmark study of health in the city – and participants will earn $100.

The New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NYC HANES) uses medical exams, face-to-face interviews, computer surveys and lab tests to track a wide range of health information on city residents. Individuals who participate in the survey, which kicked off in June, will undergo a medical interview followed by a brief physical exam at a nearby clinic.

“NYC HANES is the Health Department’s first survey to use physical exams to gather vital health information about New York City,” said the survey’s director, Dr. Charon Gwynn.

Participation is voluntary and confidential, and DOHMH staff does not ask about immigration status. All participants who complete the survey will be paid $100 in addition to the value of what they learn about their own health. The whole process should take less than two hours.

DOHMH staff will visit Far Rockaway homes in the areas bounded by Mott Avenue, Beach 20 Street and Cornaga Avenue and Broad Channel Homes bounded by Cross Bay Boulevard, West 12 Road, Demerset Road and Church Road. Visits will begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m.

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