Dr. Jim Berner - 2007 STAR Grantee (PDF) (1 pp, 260 K)
Aired May 5, 2011
Grantee Research Project Results
2013 Tribal Environmental Research Solicitation:
Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes - Open: February 25, 2013 - Closing: June 25, 2013 - Closed
Measurements and Modeling for Quantifying Air Quality and Climatic Impacts of Residential Biomass or Coal Combustion for Cooking, Heating, and Lighting Open: March 19, 2012 - Closing: June 19, 2012 - Closed
Calls for research on quantifying, improvements in climate and ambient and indoor air quality, and the subsequent impacts on health and welfare, resulting from interventions in cooking, heating, or lighting practices.
EPA recognized the need to increase capacity within Tribes to assess differential subsistence-based exposures related to cumulative chemical exposures and global climate changes. As a result, this solicitation was designed to spur research community-based participatory research to generate data which identified subsistence resources, sensitive subpopulations within tribal communities, complex chemical exposures from multiple sources and routes, and links between environmental stressors and health outcomes. EPA was interested in research proposals which developed culturally relevant strategies for exposure mitigation and/or health promotion.
This RFA focused on the need to develop methods to assess subsistence-based exposure and to also increase capacity within Tribes to assess environmental health threats from subsistence life styles. It was designed to spur research that would help understand the risks derived from the combined or “cumulative” exposure experience associated with concurrent dietary, cultural and related practices. The solicitation invited applications in two areas: 1) exposure and effects assessment methods that can be broadly applied across geographic regions and Tribal populations and 2) risk management strategies and options that will lead to reduction in risk from exposure. Five grants were awarded under this RFA see:
The goal of this RFA was to promote research aimed at achieving environmental justice by identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse effects of environmental agents on human health in low income and minority populations. EPA was looking for research activities such as the development of methods for risk communication in low-income and undeserved communities unfavorably impacted by environmental hazards; the development of community-based, culturally sensitive educational programs to reduce adverse health effects from environmental toxicants in low-income and under-served communities; increasing public awareness through community-based training to increase environmental health literacy; and increasing the awareness of health care providers about disorders resulting from exposure to environmental hazards.