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Community Engagement Activities in Native American Communities
Sponsored by: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Superfund Research Program
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Dr. Anna Harding and Dr. Barbara Harper of Oregon State University will provide a seminar entitled "Addressing Tribal Exposures to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and Building Tribal Capacity though a Tribal-University Partnership". Their seminar focuses on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) in Oregon and other tribes in the United States who may be at increased risk of disease due to cumulative PAH exposures from traditionally smoked foods, air exposure from traditional smoking of foods, and ambient air pollution. Their work served to build tribal capacity and establish a Tribal Advisory committee, IRB protocols and material and data sharing agreements, and culturally appropriate activities focused on tribal needs. Dr. Jim Shine and Dr. Laurel Schaider of Harvard University will also present a seminar entitled "Fate and exposure studies of metals in rural Oklahoma: Engaging communities". For the last seven years, Dr. Shine and Dr. Schaider conducted studies in rural northeastern Oklahoma involving heavy metals associated with mine waste and mercury exposure among subsistence and recreational fishers. Through these research activities, proactive engagement with community groups, Native American tribes, and state and federal agencies enhanced the quality and relevance of the research and promoted greater trust among all groups.

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