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Healthy Voices

Environmental Health Research on Behalf of Tribal Communities

Environmental stressors have been affecting the health of tribal communities for many decades. Whether the risks are from exposure to contaminants, lack of clean drinking water or climate change, understanding these problems and preventing risk requires making informed decisions that include in-depth understanding of tribal community practices and cultures as they influence iiná, which means daily life in the Navajo language.

As a program working hand in hand with the UNM College of Pharmacy, the goal of Healthy Voices is to share information on our latest research projects involving the state of environmental health affecting Native Americans living in areas polluted by uranium mining.

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We currently are recruiting new, potential participants to represent their communities in various environmental health studies, one of which is the Navajo Birth Cohort Study (NBCS). NBCS researchers are seeking volunteers to participate. Each female participant must be pregnant and meet the following criteria:

  • Be 14 to 45 years old.
  • Currently live on or have a history of living on the reservation for at least five years at some point in her life.
  • Young women under 18 must have consent from a parent or legal guardian.
  • Agree to give birth at one of five identified Indian Health Service/638 facilities.
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For more information on the Navajo Birth Cohort Study, call the Community Environmental Health Program at 1-877-545-6775.