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CAFEH is the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH) study. It is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to Tufts University. CAFEH began studying pollution in Boston communities near major highways in 2008. The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, Chinese Progressive Association, Committee for Boston Public Housing and the Chinatown Resident Association are partners in research. These community organizations will advise the project. The study began air monitoring in 2008 in Somerville, then Dorchester and South Boston. Air monitoring in Chinatown was completed in 2012.
Several greater Boston communities are located near major highways. Residents of these communities may be exposed to high levels of car and truck exhaust. This exhaust contains invisible, odorless particles and gasses such as carbon monoxide. Studies have shown that living near highways is linked to higher rates of heart disease, asthma, and lung cancer. People living near highways who breathe in this pollution may suffer illness and premature death as a result. Even blocks away from highways, pollution may still cause health problems. Residents of these communities have the right to environmental justice and air-quality protection.
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..
**WNPR Radio: Air Pollution and Public Health (9AM-10AM, Jan 14th)** http://www.cpbn.org/program/where-we-live
@ Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
The book ‘Participatory Partnerships for Social Action and Research‘ in which we have a chapter (Chapter 2 Challenges of Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Research and Solve Environmental Health Problems), is the recipient of the Distinguished Edited Book Award given by the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Congratulations to Christina (lead), Ellin, Don and Doug who are the co-authors! *Go to the link of the book*
CAFEH is on Tufts MEDICINE Magazine!
Short Film About CAFEH Study
During the Fall 2011, a group of Tufts University students enrolled on 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.