Society Letters

Letters to House and Senate Appropriations Leaders on FY 2021 ECHO Funding

March 23, 2020

To: House and Senate Appropriators 

"The ECHO program funds research activities in more than 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and brings together over 100 existing longitudinal cohort studies of children. By using studies already in place and that have already proven successful, the ECHO program is delivering important insights into child development quickly and efficiently. For instance, a recent ECHO study of 37,000 children found that overweight and obesity were more common in older children than in younger children and that Hispanic and black children had the highest rates of both overweight and obesity. The study pooled existing data from 70 longitudinal research projects to address research questions that no single cohort alone could answer, and the study authors note that ECHO's unique design will allow refined analyses to identify drivers of childhood obesity."

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