Minnesota Family Environmental Exposure Tracking (MN FEET)
- About this project
- Why we are doing this project
- How the project works
- Participant information in multiple languages
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About this project
Minnesota Family Environmental Exposure Tracking (MN FEET) is measuring mercury, lead and cadmium in Minnesota women and their babies. The project will involve up to 600 women who are Asian, East African, Latina or White. Recruitment is being conducted in partnership with the HealthPartners Institute and West Side Community Health Services.
Why we are doing this project
We are concerned about mercury, lead and cadmium because they can be harmful to babies’ health. These chemicals get into a woman’s body from some foods, products and the environment. MN FEET will see if women in some communities have high levels of the chemicals. The project will help us learn how families and communities can protect their babies from these chemicals.
How the project works
Women who are pregnant and getting care at some West Side Community Health Services and HealthPartners clinics may be contacted by their clinic to learn more and be invited to join.
Women who consent to join will:
- Answer a questionnaire over the phone
- Allow a small amount of cord blood and their urine to be collected after their baby's birth
- Get test results for levels of mercury, lead and cadmium
- Get help protecting their families from these chemicals
Women receiving prenatal care at the following clinics may be contacted for MN FEET:
- East Side Clinic
- La Clinica
- McDonough Homes
- HealthPartners Health Center for Women
- HealthPartners Riverside
- HealthPartners St. Paul
- HealthPartners Woodbury
Women planning to give birth at the following hospitals are eligible to be in MN FEET:
- Regions Hospital
- The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
To learn more about the work MDH is doing to measure mercury and other metals in Minnesota babies, visit:
Return to the MN Biomonitoring: Chemicals in People.