EPA Releases New Report on the Impact of 10 Years of Tribal Environmental Research
January 2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report this month titled A Decade of Tribal Environmental Health Research: Results and Impacts from EPA’s Extramural Grants and Fellowships Programs, summarizing over a decade of Tribal Environmental Health Research. Starting in 2000, the Tribal Environmental Health Research Program has supported and encouraged community-based participatory research addressing complex environmental concerns that impact tribal health and well-being. Since its inception, 10 projects have been funded through the Agency’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants. Research conducted by the grantees and their partners through these projects have allowed tribal communities to identify solutions and apply interventions that have reduced health and ecological effects from the consumption of water and water-based resources, chemical contaminants, impacts of climate change while enhancing their ability to conduct community-level risk assessments. This research has also supported change in state policy-making and the creation of tools to help tribal communities maintain their traditional lifestyle, health and well-being. As a continued effort to support tribal community–based participatory research, and the need to develop far-reaching and anticipatory research needs, the Tribal Environmental Research Program recently released a funding opportunity in 2013 focused on climate change and indoor air, two critical areas of concerns to many communities. To view the full report and more information about the Tribal Environmental Health Research Program, visit Tribal Research page.