California Regional Exposure (CARE) Study
Study of metals and other environmental chemicals in adults across the state, conducted one region at a time
The goal of the California Regional Exposure (CARE) Study is to measure and compare environmental chemicals in people across the state. This information will support efforts to reduce chemical exposure in Californians and improve public health.
The study will measure levels of selected metals in urine and/or blood, and levels of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in serum. Participants will be recruited from eight regions of the state, with one to two regions covered each year depending on resources.
In each region, we will:
- Enroll between 300-500 adults, representing different racial and ethnic backgrounds, income levels, and communities within the study area
- Collect information from participants to identify potential exposure sources
- Collect blood and urine samples
- Measure levels of selected metals and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances
- Return individual results to participants
- Hold community meetings to describe overall study findings
- Release summary results to the public through our website
We will begin the CARE Study in our first region, Los Angeles County, in 2018.
We are collaborating with local community groups and organizations to help recruit participants. If you would like more information on how you can be involved in this project, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is supported in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement #U88EH001148.