Environmental Exposures in Underserved Southwest Populations

  • Goal: to partner with Indigenous, Hispanic, and rural communities in the Southwest to determine the contribution of chemical and other environmental exposures to health inequities and to support efforts to eliminate these disparities.

  • Focus: effective and sustainable environmental health disparities research and mitigation.

 

TREE RINGS AS ANALYSIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS

Collecting tree cores near established air monitors in Arizona and evaluating how closely annual metals concentrations in the tree rings predicted the EPA's standard of annual monitored ambient metals concentrations. While also exploring a new analytical laser technique to measure time series of metals within tree rings.

YOUR WORK SHOULDN'T HURT YOU

Dr. Beamer’s team developed a bilingual data and sample collection and management tools and infrastructure for launching our clinical trial to reduce volatile organic chemical exposures in small auto shops and beauty salons.

METAL CONTAMINATION OF TRADITIONAL FOODS ON NAVAJO NATION

Investigating uranium in livestock organs and tissues as requested by the Cove community. Also, being focused on determining health risk and community impact from exposure to environmental uranium and arsenic contamination for two Navajo communities.

gOLD kING MINE SPILL

Assessing short-term exposures and risk perceptions on the Navajo Nation following the catastrophic Gold King Mine spill in 2015.

EPIGENOMIC CHANGES 

Analyzing epigenomic changes resulting from exposures to smoke in firefighters in order to provided expertise in examining the effects of arsenic exposure on the lung microbiome.

The relation of arsenic to mmp-9

Evaluating the effects of dietary components of inorganic arsenic (iAs) intake on serum MMP-9 concentration at differing levels of tap water As and the resulting health effects on both sides of the US-Mexico Border. 

Asthma in the Amish and the hutterites

A characterization of the immune profiles of Amish and Hutterite schoolchildren. The use of mouse models of asthma to study the effect of the environment on airway responses and to create a mechanistic framework for the interpretation of the observations in humans.