MDHHS says CDC awards $1 million to Michigan for PFAS health study

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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced it has been selected as one of seven recipients of a competitive grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

The MDHHS said the $1 million grant will fund a multi-site study to investigate the relationship between drinking water contaminated with per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and health effects.

“Already a national leader in PFAS research, this grant will allow Michigan to contribute directly to a nationwide study of the health effects of PFAS exposure,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health for MDHHS. “This study will also allow us to expand a multi-year effort we have underway in Parchment and northern Kent County.”

The MDHHS said Michigan will conduct the project in the city of Parchment, Cooper Township and the North Kent County area.

The department said the communities were selected for the study because uniquely high PFAS levels have been found in their drinking water and their populations are large enough to meet the requirements of the ATSDR grant.

The department said the state of Michigan aims to recruit 1,000 adults and 300 children across the selected communities to participate in the project.

The MDHHS said it was awarded $1 million for year one of the study, but said the amounts to be awarded for future years have not been determined.

The department said the funding will allow residents at the funded sites across the country to provide important information about PFAS and health to the first nationwide multi-site PFAS study.

The MDHHS said planning and coordinating with ATSDR and the other selected sites will take time so a start date for recruitment and data collection has not been established.

To view ATSDR's announcement of the funding, click here.

For more information on PFAS in Michigan, click her.

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