With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see including our famous speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers you will earn extra raffle tickets. You also earn them by attending any of our entertainment sessions! Just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
PFAS-REACH (Research, Education and Action for Community Health) is conducting a children’s health study to learn more about potential effects of a class of water contaminants called PFAS. Parents of young children in and around Hyannis may be eligible to take part in our study. This study will improve our understanding of the health risks associated with exposure to PFAS chemicals in children and may inform the development of drinking water guidelines that protect children’s health, on Cape Cod and beyond. Our study will also develop resources to support communities that have had PFAS contamination in their drinking water. Elevated levels of PFAS were found in Hyannis water prior to July 2016. And we are also reaching out to residents throughout Cape Cod to share information about ways we can all reduce our exposures to PFAS chemicals, which are also common in consumer products.
PFAS-REACH is a 5-year research project funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The project is led by Silent Spring Institute in collaboration with Northeastern University, Michigan State University, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, Testing for Pease, and Toxics Action Center.
2. Where is it located?
Our PFAS-REACH children’s health study includes children in and around Hyannis, as well as in Portsmouth, NH. Our project partners are located on Cape Cod as well as in the Boston area, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Michigan.
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
Cape Cod is very family oriented, and there are many resources available to help families get the support they need. The Cape community is full of dedicated individuals who are committed to improving the lives of all families across the Cape.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
We are now enrolling families of preschool aged children to take part in our Children’s Health Study. We will continue to attend community events and connect with parent resource networks throughout the year.
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
We’ve heard from many community members that housing is the biggest issue facing families on the Cape.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
We have loved meeting members of the early learning community and the healthcare community who have been so supportive of our Children’s Health Study over the past year. We are so grateful to everyone who has provided guidance and offered to help spread the word about our study – it’s truly a team effort.
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
We encourage parents and guardians with preschool age children in the Hyannis area to learn about our Children’s Health Study to see if their children are eligible to take part in the study. And we encourage everyone to learn about PFAS chemicals and tips to reduce their family’s exposure to these chemicals through simple changes in daily habits and switching out certain products containing these chemicals. Our website, www.pfas-exchange.org, has a resources page with more information for families.
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
We will be attending community events this year to share information about our Children’s Health Study. Visit our website, www.pfas-exchange.org to find out about our upcoming events and to learn more about our study!
Cape Cod Moms