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Participating Institutions

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Who Are The Study Sponsors And Collaborators?

The Healthy Communities Study (HCS) is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with primary support from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Other NIH support comes from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are also collaborators for this study.

For more information on the study sponsors/collaborators, please visit their respective website:

Who Are The Research Partners?

Battelle Memorial Institute is coordinating all aspects of the study -- including project management, study design, information technology, quality assurance, data collection, and data management and analysis--under contract to the NHLBI. Dr. Lisa John, at Battelle, is the Principal Investigator for the HCS.

Battelle is working with several academic partners and other organizations on different aspects of the study.

  • The University of California at Berkeley (UCB) is responsible for developing and monitoring the study protocol as it relates to nutrition among children and the food environment. Dr. Lorrene Ritchie at UCB serves as a Co-Principal Investigator and brings expertise in nutrition measures and developing and evaluating programs and interventions to reduce childhood obesity.
  • The University of South Carolina (USC) is responsible for developing and monitoring the study protocol as it relates to children’s physical activity and sedentary behavior, and the built environment. Dr. Russ Pate at USC also serves as a Co-Principal Investigator, and brings expertise in physical activity and its relationship to child health.
  • The University of Kansas (KU) is responsible for assessing the programs and policies related to diet, physical activity, and health in children in the communities under study. Dr. Stephen B. Fawcett at KU is a Co-Principal Investigator who brings his experience in community evaluation methodology.
  • The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago is responsible for recruiting schools in each HCS community. NORC is also responsible for collecting information on the food environment and the nutrition and physical activity policies and practices for each school via web-based surveys.
  • Examination Management Services, Inc. (EMSI) is performing the medical record abstraction. EMSI provides targeted capabilities in medical record abstraction.

For more information on the research partners, please visit the participating institution’s website:

What Other Organizations Support The HCS?

The following national organizations have endorsed the study:

  • The American Association of School Administrators
  • The National Education Association Health Information Network
  • The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
  • The National Parent Teacher Association



Last Updated April 2014




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