WSUseeks Blaine families for study

Published on Thu, Jul 5, 2007 by ara Nelson

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WSU seeks Blaine families for study

By Tara Nelson

Researchers at the Washington State Intercollegiate school of nursing in conjunction with the Whatcom County Health Department are conducting a study addressing children’s environmental health in rural Whatcom County.

The goal of the study is to protect children and their families from environmental risks in their homes such as carbon monoxide, black mold and contaminated tap water.

Participants should live in Whatcom County, have a child younger than years old in the household or get drinking water from a private well. Households with incomes lower than average are also encouraged to apply.

The study will take eight to 10 hours over a nine month period. Researchers will inspect participants’ homes for environmental health risks and test for contaminated well water, carbon monoxide, and wall moisture.

Children will receive testing for lead and secondhand smoke. These tests will be provided at no charge and participants will receive $40 in gift certificates after completing three sets of questionnaires.

Some families will also receive visits from a public health nurse who will offer information and resources to decrease environmental health risks to children.

For more information, call 360/676-6762, ext. 32011.