National Children’s Study Donates Books to MFHS

Pictured: Amy Gibson, The National Children’s Study; Stacy Smulligan, Office Coordinator, MFHS Pottsville;  Debbie Herb, The National Children’s Study.

Pictured: Amy Gibson, The National Children’s Study; Stacy Smulligan, Office Coordinator, MFHS Pottsville; Debbie Herb, The National Children’s Study.

The National Children’s Study has donated 100 books to MFHS Schuylkill County, with books going to centers in Shenandoah, Tamaqua & Pottsville.  “The Everything Toddler Book” is an indispensable guide offering  practical advice on parenting a toddler through the formative years.  The books will be offered to WIC participants with children entering the toddler stage of childhood.

The National Children’s Study examines the effects of the environment, as broadly defined to include factors such as air, water, diet, sound, family dynamics, community and cultural influences, and  genetics on the growth, development, and health of children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21 years. The goal of the Study is to improve the health and well-being of children and contribute to understanding the role various factors have on health and disease. Findings from the Study will be made available as the research progresses, making potential benefits known to the public as soon as possible.

Comprehensive Women’s Health Services, a collaborative partner of MFHS, participated in the study and suggested MFHS for the book donation. Schuylkill County was one of two Pennsylvania counties to participate in this study. Amy Gibson and Debbie Herb from The National Children’s Study delivered  the books to MFHS Pottsville.

The National Children’s Study is data-driven, evidence-based, and community and participant informed. Ultimately, the National Children’s Study will be one of the richest research efforts geared towards studying children’s health and development and will form the basis of child health guidance, interventions, and policy for generations to come.