Welcome to the GuLF STUDY Community Relations page!

We are proud to be working with more than 50 community and professional groups across the Gulf in order to spread the word about the GuLF STUDY.

There are two programs you or your organization can get involved with to show your support for the study.

Ambassador Program

The GuLF STUDY Ambassador Program seeks to enlist community leaders from across the Gulf region to serve as Ambassadors who volunteer to inform the public about the importance of the GuLF STUDY and why the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is taking a closer look at the health of cleanup workers and volunteers, since the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.

GuLF STUDY Ambassadors are needed to spread the word in their communities by distributing study materials at meetings and through their social and professional networks. To learn more about how to become a GuLF STUDY Ambassador, please contact us by e-mail

With your help, we will be able to recruit more participants into the GuLF STUDY to learn about the potential health effects of the oil spill on cleanup workers and volunteers.

The more we can get the GuLF STUDY message out into the community, the better. If the media is interested in speaking to an Ambassador in a particular community, we may contact you to participate in the interview. We will work with all Ambassadors to determine availability and times for interviews, as well as answer any questions you may have before participating in an interview. If you are contacted by the media to participate in an interview, please contact Todd Ragusa immediately by e-mail or 504.949.3999 ext. 207, to ensure we track all media requests for the GuLF STUDY.

Community Supporter Program

Community Supporters will receive the same information as Ambassadors via email updates and will not be asked to endorse the study in an official capacity. We ask that Community Supporters point people in the direction of the GuLF STUDY website and provide them with accurate information about the study when the opportunity arises.

To sign-up as a Community Supporter, please contact us by e-mail.

Your Story

What better way to encourage others to participate than telling them you’ve done it yourself? If you or someone you know is a potential GuLF STUDY participant and are comfortable sharing your story, please let us know by e-mail.


Our goal is to make people aware of the GuLF STUDY, and we want to know how we can improve. If you have suggestions, please send them to us by e-mail.


AL Department of Public Health Alabama Coastal Foundation
American Shrimp Processors Association Asian Americans for Change
Bay Area Food Bank Bay Minette Civic Club
Bayou Recovery Project Be Ready Alliance
Boat People SOS Catholic Charities
City of Foley Coastal Resiliency Coalition
Coastal Women for Change CSPP/Safer Santa Rosa
Daystar Life Center Fishing Jim Seafood
FL Department of Health FL Division of Emergency Management
Gulf Coast Community Design Studio Gulf Coast Mental Health Center
Gulf Fisherman’s Association Hijra House
Immaculate Heart CDC LA Department of Health and Hospitals
LA Office of Public Health LA Seafood Promotion and Marketing Boars
LA Business Group on Health Lee Chapel AME Church of Morgan City
Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corp. Mobile County Health Department
Motivatit Seafood MS Coalition for Vietnamese-American Fisher Folk and Families
MS Coast Interfaith Disaster Task Force MS Department of Mental Health
MS Forestry Association MS Health Advocacy Program
MS Valley State University National Association of Charter Boat Operators
Nature Conservancy New Orleans Commissioner of Health
Office of Public Health Olive Branch Baptist Church
Project Rebound South Mobile County Association
Southeastern Louisiana University Spirit of Hope Collaborative
St. Bernard Project St. Martin Health Units
STEPS Coalition Terrebonne General Medical Center
Xavier University YMCA