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Within the larger umbrella of CAFEH, there are 3 sister community-based participatory research (CBPR) air pollution studies:
Funded by the Kresge Foundation, “Improving the Health of Near Highway Communities” is a project that seeks to use existing expertise on air pollution and health outcomes to enact changes in housing development in Chinatown and municipal policy in Somerville.
The HUD Study, funded by the Clean Air Project (CAP), is a randomized cross-over study that tests the effect of indoor HEPA filtration system that reduce ultrafine particle (UFP) levels. Their performance is compared with sham filtration based on biomarkers for cardiovascular health of people living near highways in Somerville and the Mystic Housing Development.
The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), focuses on air pollution and cardiovascular disease in Puerto Rican adults. The study monitors participants’ in-home UFP exposure, administers questionnaires, and collects blood samples to test for evidence of a casual association between UFP and health outcomes.