Do you ever wonder if the air in a community affects children’s health? The Communities Actively Researching Exposure Study (CARES) is trying to answer this question!
CARES is a combined effort between local community members, Marietta College, and the Department of Environmental Health at the Unversity of Cincinnati. UC has partnered with Southeastern Ohio to address the community-driven question: Does air pollution affect our children’s health? The goal of the study is to understand the effects of air pollution on children’s health. Little research has been done that specifically addresses some of the air quality issues that effect people’s health. With community help, the team will be able to gather data and information that may help us understand how air pollution, and specific compounds in the air, affects health.
The information learned will help children across the nation exposed to air pollution by helping to shape national environmental and public health policy!
Who is involved in CARES?
The University of Cincinnati has partnered with communities within the Marietta-Parkersburg Metropolitan area to explore the relationship between air quality and health. This community based participatory research (CBPR) project includes: Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, Neighbors for Clean Air, Washington State Community College and Marietta College. A Community Advisory Board, composed of local residents, business owners, physicians, and government officials, has also been formed to help guide the research.
CARES is focusing its attention on two communities: the Marietta-Parkersburg Metropolitan area and Cambridge. To be able to determine if children in Marietta are suffering adverse affects from air quality, the research scientists needed to find a community similar to Marietta but that has different air quality. Members of the community will be engaged in all facets of the research project, including environmental sampling, neurobehavioral assessment, project coordination, and collection of biological specimens.
Visit the CARES Website