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Kansas City Community Environmental Remediation And Training (KC CERT)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified May 2005 by Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
The healthy Homes Network of Kansas City, Missouri
Information provided by:
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City Identifier:
First received: September 2, 2005
Last updated: December 8, 2005
Last verified: May 2005

Objective: Our overall objective is to test the hypothesis that the health of children with chronic respiratory symptoms or chronic exposures to environmental hazards can be improved through a combination of standard home maintenance interventions and a set of interim controls and targeted repair interventions.

I. Background:

The Bi-State Kansas City Enhanced Enterprise Community (KCEEC) is one of pervasive poverty, unemployment and general distress. This same area is also an area of poor environmental health with a disproportionate number of children with lead poisoning, asthma, and home injuries.

In May 2001, the Metropolitan (Kansas City) Health Council released a report urging the implementation of strategies to address this growing concern. They stated, “Environmental assessments and interventions in homes, schools, and workplaces are needed to promote indoor air quality and thereby help prevent asthma and asthma flare-ups,” in combination with the need for, “trained community-based peer educators needed to work with families/communities in areas of high asthma incidence,”. The need for major rehabilitation is echoed in the 1999 Consolidated Plan, as well as by most community development and housing officials.

The KC CERT project responds to these concerns by demonstrating low-cost, replicable intervention strategies that can have an impact on the health and safety of children and their families. By providing training and employment opportunities to residents in high-risk areas to assess, prevent and remediate environmental hazards, this project promotes sustained systematic change within the KCEEC.

Condition Intervention
Asthma Rhinitis Allergy Behavioral: Basic home repair Behavioral: Asthma Trigger Education

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
Official Title: Kansas City Community Environmental Remediation And Training (KC CERT)

Further study details as provided by Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduction in home airborne fungal spore levels.
  • Reduction in home allergen exposure.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduction in healthy care utilization
  • Improvement in quality of life

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: March 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2005
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Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Participants that qualify for the study will have one of the following health conditions:

  • Persistent asthma as defined by NHLBI guidelines
  • Chronic respiratory symptoms,
  • And/or have lead levels equal to or above 15 micrograms per deciliter.
  • They must be between the ages of 2 and 17 years of age
  • Stay in the home a minimum of 4 nights per week
  • They should reside in the KCEEC (Defined as the city limits of Kansas City Kansas or Kansas City Missouri).
  • They will also have lived in the same housing, either rental or self-owned, for at least 6 months and have a reasonable expectation of remaining in this housing for at least one additional year.

To qualify for the intervention phase of the study done by HHN,

  • The home must have no more than $2000 estimated intervention costs. Examples of houses that would not qualify include: A house that needs a new roof, a house with extensive amounts of flaking lead paint, a house with significant structural problems.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any children who do not meet the age and residency requirements.
  • Any home with more than $2000 worth of maintenance and repair problems. - Any home with emergent, life threatening conditions.
  • Children with other chronic diseases (leukemia, diabetes etc) will be referred through the HHN and CMH to appropriate medical services, agencies, organizations and other community resources.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00144443

United States, Missouri
Children's Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri, United States, 64108
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
The healthy Homes Network of Kansas City, Missouri
Principal Investigator: Charles S Barnes, Ph.D. Children's Mercy Hospital
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00144443     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RG00002078
Study First Received: September 2, 2005
Last Updated: December 8, 2005

Keywords provided by Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City:
Indoor Fungi
Home Remediation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nose Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases processed this record on August 18, 2017