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State launches study on PFAS and health effects in West Michigan


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launches a study to compare PFAS in drinking water and the health effects of West Michiganders. (WWMT/File)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launches a study to compare PFAS in drinking water and the health effects of West Michiganders. (WWMT/File)
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launched a study in West Michigan communities to compare PFAS and the health among residents.

PFAS, an abbreviation for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, would be studied in drinking water between 2020 and 2026 in Parchment and Cooper Township in Kalamazoo County and the Belmont and Rockford areas of Kent County, state officials announced Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.

Eligible participants would receive an enrollment packet for the Michigan PFAS Exposure and Health Study, or MiPEHS, in the mail by Nov. 30.

The state health department asked people who enrolled in the study to complete a comprehensive survey and provide a blood sample on three separate occasions over the course of the study. The blood samples will be tested for PFAS and health markers such as thyroid hormones and cholesterol. MDHHS will also test some participants’ drinking water for PFAS.

“Michigan continues to be a leader in PFAS research,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “The MiPEHS will provide residents of these communities the opportunity to learn more about PFAS and their levels of exposure and potential health impacts.”

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If a Michigan resident thinks they are eligible and do not receive an enrollment packet by Nov. 30, they are asked to call MDHHS’ study partner, RTI International, at 855-322-3037 to see if you qualify.

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