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MSU Denver to release preliminary findings of Rocky Flats Downwinders health survey Nov. 18

Contact: Tim Carroll, O:303-556-5136, C:303-870-7705

Posted: November 10, 2016

WHAT: Metropolitan State University of Denver in partnership with Rocky Flats Downwinders conducted a health survey to determine if residents who lived downwind of the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant experienced any unusual illnesses. The survey was deployed on May 16, 2016, and more than 1,700 responses were collected and analyzed for both health and geographic information. The survey collected data from residents who lived in the area between 1952 and 1992 within the boundaries of Highway 128/120th Ave. on the north, I-25 on the east, I-70 on the south and Highway 93 on the west. The survey findings will be presented to community members in two town hall-style meetings, so researchers can answer questions and explain potential next steps.  

WHY: The goal of the survey is to address long-standing concerns in Arvada, Westminster, Broomfield and surrounding communities regarding perceived higher rates of illnesses for those who live downwind of Rocky Flats. If illnesses occur at a higher than normal rate, then additional research may be needed to mitigate the risk and treat those who were impacted.



WHERE: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

Briefing 1: Noon-2 p.m.

Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St. Arvada, CO 80005


Briefing 2: 6-8 p.m.

Superior Town Hall, 124 E. Coal Creek Drive Superior, CO 80027


Agenda for both briefings include:

Introduction: Tiffany Hansen, Rocky Flats Downwinders, co-founder

Historical context: Kristen Iversen, author, “Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats”

Preliminary findings and visual display: Carol Jensen, MSU Denver integrative health care professor and principle investigator

Potential next steps: oral history: Stephanie Malin, Colorado State University sociology professor

Community involvement opportunities: support groups, Shaunessy McNeely, RN, MSN; volunteer: Mariah Master, MSU Denver integrative health care student


About Rocky Flats Downwinders

Rocky Flats Downwinders is a community organization founded in 2015 advocating on behalf of those impacted by living downwind from the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. The organization came together through common concern about the perceived high rate of illness suffered by former residents in Arvada, Broomfield, Thornton and surrounding areas.

The organization approached local universities for assistance in 2015 to create a health survey. Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Integrative Health Care Program spearheaded the creation of the survey in conjunction with professors from MSU Denver, Colorado State University and University of Colorado at Boulder as well as health care professionals, members of the scientific community and local community groups.

About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans through university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 76 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, business, health administration, teaching and social work. Nearly 20,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s 87,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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