We are a team of researchers from Rutgers School of Social Work and New York University hoping to enlist your assistance in recruiting young adults and their parents to participate in our Sandy recovery study. Our team first began the Sandy Child and Family Health Study in 2014 (see NYU and Rutgers websites describing the work) with a project representative of 1 million New Jersey residents, and we are continuing our work by focusing more closely on the long-term impacts of the storm on children, young adults, and their families. We are looking for people to participate in focus groups that we are holding across the state. Can you help us promote our study to New Jersey teenagers and young adults who were greatly impacted by the storm?
We have attached a recruitment flyer to this email. Participants who are selected will each receive a $40 gift card for their participation in an hour-long focus group. We are hosting these focus groups in South Jersey (Atlantic City and Cape May), in Central Jersey (Sayreville), and in North Jersey (Mahwah and Jersey City). We are looking for young adults between the ages of 15 and 22, and a parent or caregiver who lived with this young adult when Hurricane Sandy struck. Can you circulate our recruitment flyer about these focus groups to your staff, clients, stakeholders, neighbors or others who might be interested?
Our original study was funded by the New Jersey Department of Health and our current study is funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Findings from our study are shared with public officials, community advocates, organizations, and residents. Our reports are intended to enable the State of New Jersey – and its residents – to better prepare for and respond to the needs of affected communities in the face of disastrous events, and to help other states prepare as well.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 848-932-0531. We hope to hear from you soon, and we thank you for helping us in our effort to enhance services to New Jersey residents.
With our warmest wishes,
Dr. Patricia Findley, Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Social Work
Dr. David Abramson, Associate Professor, NYU College of Global Public Health
Dr. Donna Van Alst, Director of Research, Institute for Families-Rutgers School of Social Work
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