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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request

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Office of the Secretary, HHS.




In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary(OS), Department of Health and Human Services, announces plans to submit a new Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting that ICR to OMB, OS seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR.


Comments on the ICR must be received on or before May 20, 2013.


Submit your comments to or by calling (202) 690-6162.

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Information Collection Clearance staff, or (202) 690-6162.

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When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the document identifier HHS-OS-19144-60D for reference.

Information Collection Request Title: WHAM: Women's Health and Mindfulness Program.

Abstract: The Women's Health and Mindfulness (WHAM) program, developed in San Francisco, aims to test interventions that promote healthy weight in lesbian and bisexual (LB) women age 40 years and older. The project to test the interventions is scheduled for one year.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The Office of Women's Health (OWH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Coordinating Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Issues has prioritized the collection of health data on LGBT populations. In response, OWH funded an initiative to identify and test effective and innovative ways of reducing obesity in lesbian and bisexual women. The information collected in this ICR tests two approaches to reducing obesity in the LB population. The first is a community-level health system intervention that responds to Goal 4, Strategy 4-1 of the 2012 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation;” and the second is an innovative group support program that combines mindfulness-based stress reduction, nutrition, and physical activity that will be evaluated for its feasibility and evidence of effect on short-term outcomes.

Likely Respondents: Lesbian and bi-sexual women age 40 years and older.

Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose, or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions, to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information, to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information, and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below.

Total Estimated Annualized Burden—Hours

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
Health Center Systems Intervention Evaluation
Knowledge and Attitudes Assessment (Pre-training)4015/603
Knowledge and Attitudes Assessment (Post-training)4015/603
Group Intervention
Assessments for All Participants: Sequence 1 (Immediate Intervention Start) and Sequence 2 Comparison Group (Delayed Intervention Start at Month 5)
Group Intervention Screening Questionnaire120110/6020
Evaluation Questionnaire:—Baseline80145/6060
Interim Behavioral Assessment—Month 180110/6013
Accelerometer: Activity Diary and Reminder40320/6040
Evaluation Questionnaire: Follow-up—Month 580130/6040
Assessments for Sequence 2 Comparison Group Participants Only (Delayed Intervention Start at Month 5)
Interim Behavioral Assessment—Month 640110/607
Evaluation Questionnaire: Follow-up—Month 1040130/6020

OS specifically requests comments on (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions, (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden, (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

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Keith A. Tucker,

Information Collection Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2013-06347 Filed 3-19-13; 8:45 am]