ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Navajo Birth Cohort Study can now update its ongoing public outreach initiatives quicker, bringing new information as soon as it is available.  The Navajo Birth Cohort Study has outreach staff who are partnering and  teaming up as pairs to provide public outreach in the Navajo communities.

The first group are the Southwest Research and Information Center Research Field Staff (SRIC RSF) who have continued their outreach and home survey assessment work from the DiNEH Project.  The staff has also been instrumental in providing cultural sensitivity trainings and some staff members have been working with environmental issues in their communities for years.  Chris Shuey, SRIC Director and con-investigator for the Navajo Birth Cohort Study has been working on environmental issues on Navajo lands for over thirty years.

A Cohort Clinical Liaison is on staffed at the six major hospitals on the Navajo Reservation.  A CCL is available to answer questions and recruit participants at the Chinle Comprehensive Health Facility, Tuba City Regional Health Care, Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM; Gallup Indian Medical Center, Kayena Health Center, and Tsehootsoi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, AZ.  A Cohort Clinical Liaison works at the birthing unit as the main intake person for Navajo Birth Cohort participants.  A CCL is the direct contact for all the information that is crucial fo a participant to have a good, successful experience.

The third essential group that makes direct contact with the community and possible participants for recruiting are the Community Health Environmental Research Staff Representatives  (CHERS).  The CHERS staff members work in communities throughout the Navajo Nation.  The staff is available to help conduct surveys, provide public information about the study to Chapter communities, schools, businesses, and organizations.  The staff are also instrumental in enrolling participants and helping to conduct scheduled surveys and assessments at the participants’ home.

Malcolm Benally, multi-media specialist, and David Begay, co-investigator visit with George Weritos at KNDN in Farmington, NM.  Photo by Malcolm Benally

Malcolm Benally, multi-media specialist, and David Begay, co-investigator visit with George Weritos at KNDN in Farmington, NM. Photo by Malcolm Benally

After 80 years of almost complete media silence from the free press, several recent documentary videos have brought the Navajo legacy of uranium to the attention of local and mainstream media.  The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, documentaries made by Navajo activists and communities affected by uranium mines marks this study with good back ground reading and viewing material.  Ten short videos, the Navajo Birth Cohort Study Parts I to V have been approved for public information by the Navajo Nation Institutional Review Board and can be seen on You Tube.

 

Learn more about the Navajo legacy of uranium.  Invite the Navajo Birth Cohort Study to your community today!  Schedule screenings of our 10 short public education videos during your next scheduled Chapter meeting.  For more information about becoming a participant, please call 1 (877)-645-6775 or visit www.healthyvoices.org.