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The Communities Actively Researching Exposure Study (CARES) is a community engaged research study with the goal of addressing the community question “Does Air Pollution Affect Child Health?”

  • Study Objectives | Characterize exposure to air pollution and examine the effects on childhood neurodevelopment and other health outcomes.

  • Geographic Areas | Appalachian, Ohio and Southeast Chicago, Illinois.

  • Participants | More than 500 children recruited between the ages of 7 and 9 years and their primary caregivers.

  • Study Measures | Environmental measures (home dust and soil; stationary and personal PM 2.5), biological markers (blood, hair, toenails, urine, teeth), neurocognitive, behavioral, and neuromotor tests, blood pressure, height, weight, questionnaire data, etc.

  • Community Partners | Each participating community has an active community advisory board.

  • Principal Investigator | Dr. Erin Haynes.

  • Funding | National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Research Findings

CARES study finds that the Marietta area population was at times exposed to Mn levels that exceeded US EPA guidelines.

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Comunidad de Chicago

Hacen estudio de la exposición de los niños del lado sureste a los contaminantes.

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Chicago Community

CARES is expanding to Southeast Chicago!

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National Public Health Week 2023

Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health during April 3-7

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