Participate in WaTCH Research!
Study Results & Publications
Thank you for being a part of WaTCH!
Why is your participation important?
Very little research has been done on this ever, anywhere. There’s a lot we need to learn so we’re better prepared in case of future spills—things like: how do communities bounce back after something like this? Are children in the community going to be more likely to develop health conditions? How can we protect future generations? No one else has ever studied this.
Women taking part have told us that they know others who were affected, and this is one thing they can do to help. We’ve talked to a lot of women who really care about their community and their families. They feel that helping us learn about the effects of the spill is one way to help all families, even if they didn’t feel they experienced any effects at the time of the spill.
Women have also told us they don’t feel enough was done for people who lost their lives or loved ones or income, and this is one thing they can do. At the time of the spill, or Hurricane Katrina, a community like ours always shows its best side—people come forward and help other people however they can. It makes us feel better at a time when we feel bad. As months go by, we can forget about how bad it was, and we lose that feeling of wanting to help.
Many women feel they weren’t affected by the spill or feel that others were affected much more then they were. We need to talk to all women so we can compare information about women who were living in the area but were not affected with women who were affected. Without this comparison, the study results will be much less valuable.
Why do you need my social security number?
The University is required by the IRS to submit special tax forms for all individuals paid $600 or more per calendar year. If you are paid less than $600 in one calendar year for research studies, the University will not report any compensation to the IRS. However, if you receive more than $600 in study compensation, this money is considered taxable income and the University is required to submit a 1099-MISC forms to the IRS. Because there are many studies at the University, we need to monitor cumulative payments to a single participant. Collecting social security numbers is the best way to track compensation and fulfill federal regulations. The policy can be found on this Louisiana State University webpage, http://www.lsuhsc.edu/administration/SupplyChain/required_documentation.aspx