Westfield PFAS Community Health Projects

A collaboration of WRAFT members and academic partners to find the answers and resources our community needs to address the effects of our decades long PFAS exposure.

Westfield PFAS Community Health Survey 

WRAFT members, with technical assistance from Dr. Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Dr. Anila Bello and their team, will create and conduct a community health survey to identify potential PFAS related health effects experienced by Westfield residents affected by the contamination of our drinking water. In addition, Dr. Heiger-Bernays and her team will provide PFAS education to our community members during this project.  

1st COMMUNITY MEETING (hybrid):  Wednesday, June 5, 2024 @ 6:30pm 

The in-person portion of this meeting was held in the conference room at Westfield’s Barnes Regional Airport. 

This meeting was recorded for those who could not attend during the scheduled date/time. Slides are posted here.

This is the feedback survey for the meeting (yes, a table microphone will be added to the next meeting).

Please send any questions to: HealthSurvey@wraft.org 

Westfield PFAS Community Health Review 

At the October 2023 meeting of the Barnes Air National Guard Base's Restoration Advisory Board (RAB), community RAB members approved an application for a grant for Technical Assistance for Public Participation (or TAPP grant) to ask Dr. Wendy Heiger-Bernays and Dr. Anila Bello and their team, to review and report back on historical community health data that could potentially relate to our PFAS exposure from the drinking water contaminated from fire training activities and other discharges at the Base. 

At the April 2024 RAB meeting Lt. Col. Sinclair updated that the TAPP grant for 2023 had been awarded and contracting was proceeding. The next Barnes RAB hybrid meeting will take place on Thursday, July 25, 2024. Details to follow.