Free Blood Testing Appointments Available for Newburgh Residents

October 25, 2016

Flint isn’t the only one! Like too many cities and towns across the country, the drinking water supply in Newburgh, NY has been contaminated with Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), a toxic chemical associated with numerous health problems. Thankfully, the city has since transitioned to a clean water source and the drinking water is now safe, but those who have consumed the water over the course of years, if not decades, were likely exposed.

Last month, many 1199SEIU members in the Newburgh area participated in a hearing about the next steps to address this issue. Our 1199SEIU voices, among other community activists, have been heard!

Blood testing will soon be available for City of Newburgh residents who are concerned about their past exposure to PFOS and other perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs).

All 1199SEIU healthcare workers and their families will have access to free blood testing so they can understand the extent of their PFOS exposure. The results collected will assist in the development of a full comprehensive program that will include wide outreach to the community, additional blood testing dates, and educational materials.

Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available at two Cornerstone Family Healthcare locations on the following dates:

Kaplan Family Pavilion
147 Lake Street, Newburgh

Tues., November 1
Wed., November 2
Thurs., November 3
Sat., November 12
Sat., November 19

To pre-register for an appointment call 518-402-7950 or email

Harper Health Center
290 Broadway, Newburgh

Mon., November 7
Thurs., November 10

To pre-register for an appointment call 518-402-7950 or email