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We are enrolling!

Parents and children ages 8-14 are invited to join the Family Matters in Georgia research study.

Who we are:

  • Family Matters in Georgia (FMIG) is a research study from the University of Georgia that is studying how everyday experiences affect the health of families in Georgia. We are looking for parents/caregivers to participate with their child in this research study. One parent/caregiver and one child per family can participate together in the study.
  • Family Matters in Georgia is a multi-site observational study between the University of Minnesota (UMN) and the University of Georgia (UGA). It is an extension of a study based in Minnesota.
  • The goal of the study is to understand how some groups of people are disadvantaged in their mental, physical, and behavioral health based on individual, social, family, and community risk factors. We will use this information to develop new types of interventions to help adults and children thrive from adolescence to adulthood.

Who is eligible to participate (one parent/caregiver and one child per family):

  • Parents/primary caregivers of a child aged 8-14 years old. Parent/caregiver must live with the child at least half the time.
  • Children ages 8-14 from a family that identifies as Black, Latino, and/or White
  • Family resides in Athens-Clarke County or surrounding counties (Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oglethorpe, and Oconee)

Study participants will:

  • Participate in three study activities at the beginning of the study and again 18 months later. Both parent/caregiver and child will complete the following items at these two time points:
    1. One online parent/caregiver survey + one online child survey
    2. One to two weeks of short daily online surveys completed on your cellphone
    3. One in-person, morning research clinic visit lasting 90 minutes; includes blood draw and body measurements
  • Receive compensation for each completed portion of the study (up to $400 at each time point, or up to $800 for the entire study)

To find out if you and your child are eligible for the study, click the button below:

We will follow up with more information if you are eligible to participate.

For questions on the Family Matters in Georgia study, please contact us at or 706-425-9840.

Thank you!

Funding sources:

  • National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health (NCCIH): R01AT012164
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI): R01HL126171; R01HL156994; and R01HL160587