The NIH Invites Comments on the ECHO-wide Cohort Data Collection Protocol

On August 10, 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit input from a wide variety of stakeholders on the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO)-wide Cohort Data Collection Protocol. Stakeholders that the NIH hopes will respond to the RFI include: non-ECHO researchers, advocacy groups, professional organizations, and the general public. Comments are due by September 13, 2017. For more information and to contribute, please visit:


Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) is a nationwide NIH-funded research program whose mission is to enhance the health of children for generations to come. The program consists of observational and intervention components. This RFI pertains to the observational component, the ECHO Pediatric Cohorts. The overall scientific goal of the ECHO Pediatric Cohorts is to investigate associations of a broad array of early environmental influences with child health and development. ECHO prioritizes addressing research questions that have impact on policies, practices, and programs.