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  • Are there local resources for learning more about PFAS exposure and how I can reduce my exposure every day?
    For more about how PFAS exposure has been reduced in the public water system and how you can reduce your exposure through education and day-to-day choices, please view this Resource Guide and check out PFAS Research in the Fountain Valley Communities website.
  • I live on a private well and my water has not been tested, who should I call?
    If you get your water from a private household well and are within the area of investigation please call 719-578-3131 for information about how to get a well water test. If you live outside of the area, visit https://cdphe.colorado.gov/pfas-water for more information on how to get your private well tested.
  • I live on a private well and my water is contaminated. What kind of filter should I install?
    The two types of household filters that are effective at removing PFAS are granulated activated carbon filters and reverse osmosis filters. The links below provide more detailed information: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-dwmad-eh-swpu-FilterFactSheet_610096_7.pdf https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/investigations/hoosick/docs/hoosick_pou_final.pdf
  • I have high levels of PFAS in my blood and am concerned about how this may affect my health. My doctor doesn’t know much about PFAS exposure and health. What information should I give them?
    Talking to Your Doctor about Exposure to PFAS Guidance on PFAS Exposure, Testing, and Clinical Follow-Up Pregnancy, infant feeding, and young children Addressing PFAS Concerns: A Guide for Health Care Providers An overview of the Science and Guidance for Clinicians on PFAS
  • I wasn’t able to participate in the Colorado SCOPE but would like to get my blood tested for PFAS, who should I call?
    Labs that perform PFAS blood testing: Information on the type of tube, details about handling, cost, and specific analysis request codes should be directed to the laboratories.

Recruitment ended September 30, 2023

Basic information about the study:

  • Enrollment: 83 % of the enrollment goal of 1000 adults and 300 children was reached. Please see this full progress report for more information about the overall Multi-site study: 

https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/newsletter/PFAS-Progress-feb2024.html

  • Health Markers: The researchers collected participant data on lipids, kidney function, liver function, thyroid and sex hormones, glucose and insulin parameters, markers of immune function, as well as neurobehavioral outcomes in children.

Eligibility criteria for the study:

  • Age limit: Children needed to be age 4 or older but there was no upper age limit for adults.  

  • Residence: Must currently live in, or previously lived in, an area that was impacted by PFAS water contamination in El Paso County, CO. 

  • Employment: Unfortunately, those who were ever employed as a firefighter, ever participated in fire training exercises using Aqueous Film-Forming Foam Concentrates (AFFF), or were ever employed in industrial facilities that used PFAS chemicals in the manufacturing process were not eligible. 

We are no longer enrolling participants for this study.

If you have questions, please contact us: 

Email: coscope@cuanschutz.edu 

Phone: (719) 425-8828

 

 

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