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Titan Alpha and ICF Awarded Contract with Veterans Health Administration’s Health Outcomes Military Exposures (HOME)

WASHINGTON, DC – Titan Alpha, a joint venture of Prometheus Federal Services (PFS) and Customer Value Partners (CVP) and partner ICF were awarded a contract with the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Office of Patient Care Services (PCS), Health Outcomes Military Exposures (HOME).

Jet fuel is one of the single largest sources of chemical exposures to military personnel. Previous studies have reported acute health outcomes associated with exposure to the elements of jet fuels, including hematological and neurological effects; however, less is known about long-term, chronic outcomes. HOME is currently collaborating with the Department of Defense (DoD) on an investigation of the long-term outcomes in Veterans that had occupational exposure to jet fuels.

The Titan Alpha-ICF team will provide project management and support the assembly of a report to Congress as required by the “Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins Act of 2022.” Specifically, the report will assess human health effects associated with exposure to jet fuel, describe safeguards implemented by the Armed Forces to protect against exposure, and identify areas for future research in a report due to Congress in August 2023.

Along with the robust strategy, operations, and Veteran healthcare expertise that Titan Alpha brings to the project, the ICF partnership adds valuable unique and specific experience within toxic exposure tied with research and evaluation. ICF provides expertise in developing risk assessments for clients such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Examples include evaluation of health effects of UVCBs such as jet fuel, kerosene, and diesel fuel in the context of European chemical regulations, NIEHS health assessments of traffic-related air pollution inhalation exposure, association of Parkinson’s disease with environmental exposures, and more.

“Our current administration has embraced the charge to comprehensively address toxic exposures that have impacted Veterans, as well as their families and caregivers,” says PFS Vice President, Carl-Henry Fortune. “We are eager to harness our talents and support the work to help Congress make decisions that help make sure Veterans devastated by toxic exposures finally receive the health care and benefits they have earned and deserve.”

The team will gather and review relevant information and draft all sections of the report. The team will also make recommendations on strategies for communicating the findings of the report with key stakeholders and the public.

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