PFAS blood testing for Oscoda residents is now in full swing
Oscoda has five health advisories that warn of PFAS contamination in drinking water, venison, small game, fish, and foam. After years of community advocacy, health officials are now offering residents free blood tests for PFAS.
The blood tests are part of an exposure assessment to see how and where people are exposed to chemicals like PFAS. The assessment will help guide future public health actions and give residents a baseline of their own exposure.
Melissa Millerick-May is with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She said health officials are recruiting volunteers for scheduled 30-minute clinic visits - where participants will fill out a questionnaire, complete a blood draw and provide a urine sample
“We are really excited about the interest that residents are showing with respect to participation in the project, and we look forward to continuing to recruit participants and schedule clinic visits,” Millerick-May said. "
Millerick-May said there is no cap to how many people can participate in the study, but said “the more, the better.”
"And as you can imagine, more people means that we can do a more detailed analysis," Millerick-May said. "We will recruit and schedule appointments until there's a natural attrition in community interests."
Millerick-May said participants will receive their test results and information they can share with health care providers, but the timeline is still being developed. The assessment is not focused on health outcomes.
To qualify, volunteers must be 12 years or older and current residents of Oscoda Township or Au Sable Township.
If you're interested in participating, call 844-464-7327 or email email@example.com to learn more or schedule an appointment with the health department.