161159 Community-Based Survey Methods and Knowledge

Wednesday, November 7, 2007: 1:00 PM

Thomas L. Manning , DiNEH Project, Eastern Navajo Health Board, Crownpoint, NM
Bess K. Seschillie , DiNEH Project, Eastern Navajo Health Board, Crownpoint, NM
Jerry Elwood , DiNEH Project, Eastern Navajo Health Board, Crownpoint, NM
Bernice Norton , DiNEH Project, Eastern Navajo Health Board, Crownpoint, NM
Community members in the 20 chapters are being asked to provide information on their land and water use patterns and their health status. These results are being used in development of the preliminary exposure models. All survey data are being collected by Navajo team members through in-person discussions with participants. Participants are identified through an extensive outreach campaign to the chapters, with results of all data collected by the project returned to the chapters in oral presentations and permanent notebooks. The notebooks reflect the first steps in health interventions through evaluating water quality based on usage for drinking, livestock watering or other domestic use. These data provide the first feedback to residents on the safety of their water sources and serve to inform them of safe alternatives. The community staff will address the process and the two way educational methods that have been used to engage the community and truly incorporate the communities in the design and implementation of the project. In addition, efforts of the community to use the information learned from the project to inform local and tribal policy will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
1. To understand the exposure to heavy metals, including uranium, in drinking unregulated water, the workplace and the environment combined with known risk factors, socio-economic status, culture and lifestyle that affect health among the Navajo people. 2. To build capacity and increase and expand community involvement on health issues within the 20 chapters building partnerships with tribal, state, federal regulatory and policy makers. 3. To provide environmental data and individual exposure information that will inform the Navajo Uranium Assessment and Kidney Health Project, a collaborative biomedical study examining the possible relationship between exposure to uranium and other renal toxicants.

Keywords: Uranium, Environmental Exposures

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No
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