Welcome to CAFEH!

CAFEH, the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health Study, serves as the larger umbrella for 5 related community-based participatory research (CBPR) air pollution studies. These projects have full participation of the community partners in all aspects of the science including: developing the proposal, leading the study, and collecting, analyzing and interpreting the data. 

The CAFEH partnership combines community and academic resources to advance scientific understanding of the health risks of highway pollution. We hope our findings will inform policymakers about the risks of siting new housing, schools or playgrounds next to highways and help to identify measures to reduce exposures. Please click on the links below to learn more about our constituent research projects:






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CAFEH is excited to release a new report, “Improving Health in Communities Near Highways: Design Solutions from a Charrette” on March 4, 2015. The report summarizes effective design approaches to reducing near highway residents’ exposure to traffic-related air pollution. Specific locations in Chinatown and Somerville are used as case studies.

The CAFEH partnership was the recipient of the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health’s 2015 Annual Award Honorable Mention. Click above for more info!










The CAFEH partnership receives the first Tufts Community Research Center seed funding award.




Following the release of our report, Somerville mayor Joseph A. Curtatone released an Op Ed about near highway pollution. Click here to view!

CAFEH featured in Tufts Medicine magazine! Click above to view

EverWonder series: How does pollution affect us? 

feature Professor Brugge-  Ever Wonder?

Ever Wonder?

wig on highway

WNPR Radio: Air Pollution and Public Health (9AM-10AM, Jan 14th, 2013!







Short Film About CAFEH Study


During the Fall 2011, a group of Tufts University students enrolled in the Producing Films for Social Change course were assigned the task of producing a environmentally-themed film. The final work product was Highway to Health. Take some time to watch this very informative short film about the CAFEH Study.


Anthony Monaco and the CAFEH Team! 



In between Town Hall meetings today on the Boston and Medford campuses, I spent some time with Doug Brugge in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine to meet an amazing cross-section of Tufts researchers and community partners that make up the CAFEH project: Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure & Health.

Tufts University President Anthony Monaco at a recent meeting with a diverse group of collaborators on the CAFEH project (March 27, 2014)