Environmental Health Disparities in Native American Communities Focus of New UA/NAU Research Center

(UAHS News -- College of Public Health) The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Heath and Northern Arizona University received a $5 million grant to improve health in Native American and Alaska Native communities overburdened by pollution and other environmental factors that contribute to health disparaties. 

American Indian and Alaska Native communities experience higher rates of mortality due to cancer, respiratory disease and obesity. Research has shown that exposures to higher levels of environmental pollution have an effect on health. Scientists at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Northern Arizona University have been working with indigenous communities overburdened by pollution and other environmental factors that contribute to health disparities.

Recently, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $5 million, five-year grant to the UA and NAU to establish a research center dedicated to reducing health risks posed by environmental hazards in indigenous communities. 

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