Children’s Health Study

The PFAS-REACH Children’s Health Study is investigating the effects of PFAS on the immune systems of young children in Hyannis, MA and at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, NH  — two communities that have been exposed to contaminated drinking water.

Now accepting participants in Hyannis and at Pease!

If you would like information on joining the study, please fill out this form.

Contact us at:
617-221-6428 (call or text)

About our study

Participating in the study will help us advance science on the health effects associated with these emerging drinking water contaminants and inform drinking water guidelines that protect communities from potentially hazardous exposures.

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What will I be asked to do?

Families who participate will be asked to bring their child to our clinic at 171 Main Street in Hyannis or Portsmouth Regional Hospital for a one-time blood draw and urine sample. They will fill out a questionnaire and respond to periodic text messages about their child’s health.
Participants will receive a personalized report with their results and tips on how to protect their families from PFAS in their everyday lives. Findings from the study will also be shared with the broader community.
Participants will receive up to $100 in gift cards.

Why is this study important?

PFAS levels exceeding the EPA health guideline were found in the Hyannis drinking water supply prior to July 2016 and in the Pease drinking water supply prior to May 2014. The contamination at both sites came from the use of firefighting foams for training activities. Although the communities’ water systems are currently being treated to filter out PFAS, we want to learn about the effects of past exposures on children’s health.
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PFAS and the immune system

Studies suggest PFAS can depress the immune system, potentially making vaccines less effective in children with high exposures. This effect has been shown for children who have been exposed to PFAS through their diet.
PFAS-REACH is the first to investigate effects in children who have been exposed to PFAS through contaminated drinking water.
Read our fact sheet for more information on how PFAS chemicals can affect the immune system.
PFAS-REACH (Research, Education and Action for Community Health) is a 5-year study led by Silent Spring Institute, in collaboration with Northeastern University and Michigan State University. Our community partners are Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, Testing for Pease, and Community Action Works. Our study is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health.