Great Lakes Human Health Effects Research

To: (1) Build upon and amplify the results from past and on-going research in the Great Lakes basin; (2) develop information, databases and research methodology that will provide long-term benefit to human health effects research in the Great Lakes basin; (3) develop direction for future health effects
research; (4) provide state local health officials: the concerned public and their medical health care professionals; (5) in concert with State and local health offices increase the public awareness regarding the potential health implications of the toxic pollution problem in the Great Lakes basin; and (6) coordinate as necessary with relevant Public Health Service (PHS) research programs and activities, including those of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Indian Health Service (IHS), as well as the Environmental Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and State and local health departments, to ameliorate adverse public health impacts of persistent toxic substances in the Great Lakes basin.
Examples of Funded Projects

(1) The New York State Angler Cohort Study: Exposure Characterization and Reproductive and Developmental Effects; (2) Great Lakes Fish as a Source of Maternal and Fetal Exposure to Chlorinated Hydrocarbons; (3) An Assessment of a Human Population at Risk: The Impact of Consuming Contaminated Great Lakes Fish on Native American Communities; (4) Cognitive and Motor Effects of PCB Exposure in Older People from the Michigan Fish Eaters Cohort: Emphasis on the Role of Ortho-Substituted Congeners; (5) Contribution of Nursing to Behavioral Changes in Offspring of Mothers Who Consumed Lake Ontario Fish: Two Methodological Approaches; (6) Health Risks from Consumption of Great Lakes Fish; and (7) Assessing Effects of Human Reproductive Health of PCB Exposure via Consumption of Great Lakes Fish.

Three grants were awarded to State Health Departments for the following projects: (1) PCB and DDE Exposure among Native American Men from Contaminated Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife; (2) Consortium for the Health Assessment of Great Lakes Sport Fish Consumption; and (3) Michigan Great Lakes Health Studies.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.