Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019

Department of Environmental Health

Communities Actively Researching Exposure Study (CARES)

CARES 2 (2017-present)

The second phase of the original CARES, called CARES 2, will continue the work of the initial research, so only those who participated in the original study may take part in CARES 2.

CARES 2 will involve several challenging, age-appropriate activities that will test youth’s verbal, special, and academic skills.  While the youth are participating in these activities, their parent(s) will complete a questionnaire.  The CARES 2 team will collect a small sample of hair, blood, saliva, and toenail from the youth.

Where will CARES 2 take place?
Marietta and Cambridge Study Areas:
Testing will occur at the Center for Children & Families at Marietta College.

East Liverpool Study Area:
Testing will occur at Kent State University, East Liverpool Campus.

Some participants may be invited to participate in additional testing that will occur at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and at Thomas Hall at Marietta College.

What is the benefit of participating in CARES 2?
The information we obtain could help children across the nation who may be exposed to air pollution by helping to shape national environmental and/or public health policy.

Participants will receive $125.  Additional compensation will be provided to those travelling to Pittsburgh.

How will my child’s information be kept private?
Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of your study records.  The records will remain confidential unless disclosure is required by law.  To further protect your privacy, we have obtained a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of Health.  The knowledge we gain from this study will be published in scientific journals; however, the children will not be identified and no personal information will be included.

Who can I contact for more information?
Marietta and Cambridge Study Coordinator: Jody (740) 376-4174
East Liverpool Study Coordinator: Delores (330) 382-7450
Principal Investigator, Dr. Erin Haynes, DrPH