Methods for Assessing the Impact of Screening in Childhood on Health Outcomes

May 9-10, 2019


Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director, NIH; Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Branch (IDDB) and Population Dynamics Branch (PDB), Division of Extramural Research (DER), NICHD, NIH; National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH; National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), NIH; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), NIH; National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), NIH; National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NIH


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NIH has a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Childhood Screening that is led jointly by representatives from NICHD and ODP in the Office of the NIH Director. After some discussions, SIG members decided that the group would focus activities on improving the evidence base for pediatric screening recommendations, starting with an in-person meeting on methods.

The goal of this workshop was to stimulate methodological innovation in evaluating the impact of screening on childhood health outcomes. Workshop objectives included:

  • Conceptualizing the universe of child health outcomes pertinent to screening
  • Identifying methodological challenges in evaluating child health outcomes
  • Discussing novel and rigorous approaches to evaluating child health outcomes
  • Considering next steps for moving the research field forward

Members of the SIG on Childhood Screening include the following:

  • Dr. Rachel Ballard (NIH-ODP)
  • Dr. Rao Divi (NIH-NCI)
  • Dr. Dena Fischer (NIH-NIDCR)
  • Dr. Dionne Godette-Greer (NIH-ODP)
  • Dr. Ralph Hingson (NIH-NIAAA)
  • Dr. Alex Kemper (Nationwide Children’s Hospital)
  • Dr. Rosalind King (NIH-NICHD)
  • Dr. Tracy King (NIH-NICHD), Workshop Co-Chair
  • Dr. Iris Mabry-Hernandez (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
  • Dr. Suril Mehta (NIH-NIEHS)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Neilson (NIH-ODP), Workshop Co-Chair
  • Dr. Charlotte Pratt (NIH-NHLBI)
  • Dr. Eve Reider (NIH-NIMH)
  • Dr. Karen Sirocco (NIH-NIDA)

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Dr. Tracy King, IDDB, DER, NICHD
Phone: 301-402-1822

Dr. Rosalind King, PDB, DER, NICHD
Phone: 301-435-6986

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