As currently designed, the Heartland Study will require six years to enroll 2,000 mother-infant pairs (MIPs) and track the children’s development through age 3. Our current, estimated six-year budget is $17 million. The Franciscan Health Foundation serves as the Heartland Study’s fiscal agent.
We have begun enrolling mother-infant pairs at two Midwestern hospitals — Franciscan Health Indianapolis and the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The building of the Heartland Study science, development of our research protocol, and initiation of the collection of clinical data has been made possible by grants totaling $930,000 from the Ceres Trust, anonymous donors, and private individuals.
One anonymous donor has pledged $600,000 upon raising an equal amount of matching funds from other donors. We are currently about 50% toward meeting this match. Once met, there will be adequate funds to bring two more hospitals into the study, allowing the Heartland Study to enroll at least 400 MIPs in the study protocol by the end of 2020.