by dmeglio in Announcements, Environment and Open Space, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Tufts
Posted on August 24, 2009 at 11:20 am
Last Modified on August 27, 2009 at 6:46 pm
As many of you may be aware, STEP and Tufts University have come together in a community partnership to form CAFEH (the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure). We have just begun a year long study to learn whether living very near major highways poses health concerns for residents’ health. I am writing to ask for your help.
The neighborhoods adjacent to I-93 and Routes 28 and 38 included in the study are parts of East Somerville, Ten Hills and the Mystic Housing. However there is one other neighborhood, while not close to the highway is also part of our study. This is the Kidder Street neighborhood over by the Brown School. This neighborhood is our background control area which is very important for us to be able to draw some conclusions between near and far exposures. Over the past several weeks, members of our field staff team have been there attempting to visit with potential participants in this neighborhood drawing from the random sample. However we have found it a bit challenging. While we have tried many different times of the day and evening, we have not been able to find many people home. I am hoping that through this venue, and any others that you might suggest, we can get the word out to neighborhood folks and encourage their participation. Please let your neighbors know about this important study. If chosen, residents will be provided a gift card for their participation that will be redeemable at Marketbasket.
If you are interested in getting more information about our study, you can go to the CAFEH website at www.tufts.edu/med/phfm/CAFEH/CAFEH.html. or you can call us at 617-636-2110. Thanks for your help…it’s much appreciated.