The Alabama Department of Public Health encourages persons who were involved in some aspect of the cleanup after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion to enroll in a study that will look at possible health effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is leading this research with the support of many local community groups and organizations. The GuLF STUDY is designed to find answers to the questions that matter to oil spill clean-up workers and their community. As of February 2012, more than 13,000 people have already signed up for the study and thousands more are needed.
If you took clean-up worker safety training or participated in any part of the clean-up effort, you may be eligible to join the study and can call the study’s toll free number to enroll. By being part of this study, you will help your community and others to understand how oil spills may affect physical and mental health. Over time, the study will generate some important data that may help inform policy decisions on healthcare and health services in the region.
To find out more information or to join the GuLF STUDY, you may visit gulfstudy.nih.gov or call toll free 1-855-NIH GULF (1-855-644-4853). Also read the NIH press release: NIH launches largest oil spill health study and watch a brief, narrated presentation about the study.
For more information on response worker resources, community projects and resources, reports and links to data sources, go to Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2010.