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About Us

The Community Environmental Health Program (CEHP) is a multidisciplinary team that collaborates with communities and researchers to identify concerns. It also forms partnerships and improves environmental health awareness in Native American communities. The CEHP is funded by and works with federal, state and local agencies.  Our program also includes:

  • The Community Outreach and Education Program works as a liaison between communities and researchers to identify community concerns, create partnerships, and improve the environmental health awareness of communities. Our goal is to increase the amount of research surrounding tribal environmental health research.
  • The Center for Native Environmental Health Equity is a tribal, academic, nongovernmental partnership that addresses long-standing inequities in environmental health. Current research participants include: Navajo Nation, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Missouri Breaks Industries and Crow Tribe. As the program expands, tribes from the Pacific Northwest will take part in the study, as well.

Research and Development

Our organization works on a number of projects, including:

  • Navajo Birth Cohort Study: “Helping Your Baby and Future Generations To Grow in Beauty addresses the need to study the multigenerational exposures; understand the relationship between exposures and birth outcomes; and ensure that children can develop to their maximum potential. Funding from the Centers for Disease Control – Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. CDC/ATSDR: U01 TS000135.
  • DiNEH Project is investigating community health and environmental exposures in the eastern region of the Navajo Nation. The project examines the high rates of kidney disease and other heavy metals found in people living in the community surrounding abandoned uranium mines. The DiNEH Project informs the Navajo Birth Cohort Study.
  • Native Environmental Health Equity includes three university research programs and three tribal nations: Navajo Nation, Crow Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Our academic partners include Montana State University and University of Washington. The Center’s cores and projects emphasize native-focused community engagement around environmental and biomedical research. Our career development interns work with the cores and projects to learn research skills, work with communities, learn research translation, interpretation and use of environmental and biomedical results across the communities. A P50 Center of Excellence in Environmental Health Disparities Research funded jointly by grants from National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences & National Institute for Minority Health Disparities (1P50ES026102) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (#83615701).