Assessing and Preventing Exposures to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Alaska Native Communities on St. Lawrence Island
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Concerns over increases in the level of cancers, reproductive problems, and thyroid disease on St. Lawrence Island prompted the Yupik communities of Gambell and Savoonga to engage in research to better understand sources of environmental contaminants that may be linked to health disparities on the island. Since 2000, a number of community-based participatory research (CBPR) exposure-assessment projects have been conducted at the request of communities. A National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) funded community-based participatory research project on the Island is working to document levels of PCBs, flame retardant chemicals, perfluorinated compounds, and chlorinated pesticides through sampling of freshwater fish, household dust and blood serum of residents.
The aim of this exposure assessment is to provide information, ownership of data, and training for the people of SLI so that they can plan and participate in public health actions to reduce environmental health risks. Finally, the research team collaborates with the leadership, elders, and youth of SLI to develop measures to prevent and mitigate environmental exposures through community educational programs and public policy actions, including community-based research institutes for college credit, health fairs for all community members, and workshops for health care providers.
This TSFWG webinar was presented in March, 2018 by … Dr. Loren Buck, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, NAU; Dr. Frank von Hippel, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, NAU; Pamela Miller, Executive Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics; Vi Waghiyi, Environmental Health & Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics
Institute for Tribal
Environmental Professionals, [email protected]