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The Environmental Health Study for Western New York

The Environmental Health Study for Western New York is a prospective cohort study of current and former residents of the City and Town of Tonawanda, and the Town of Grand Island. The primary objective of the study is to investigate environmental exposures in relation to health and identify ways to prevent disease in the future.

Recruitment started in 2018 and we are excited to announce we have over 12,000 participants!  Follow the progress and get updates with our newsletters, progress reports and meeting minutes, and community resources, workshops, podcasts and funding opportunities.  Click here to enroll in the study and start the survey.

COVID-19 updates

As of March 13, 2020, all of our workshops and in-person community engagement efforts are postponed.  We are temporarily pausing collection of biospecimen samples.  If you had an appointment scheduled, it is now canceled.  We will call to re-schedule all appointments for a future date once collection resumes.  More information for our study participants is here.

The American College of Epidemiology has assembled this list of COVID-19 resources.  Additionally, here are local resources and websites to help with stress or anxiety related to COVID-19.


About the study

The study will follow residents of the City and Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island over many years to learn more about the impact of pollutants and other environmental factors on the community. This information may help us identify ways to improve health and prevent disease in the future.

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Our goal is to voluntarily enroll adult residents (past and current) of the City and Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island. Anyone 18 and older is invited to participate. 

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