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Posted: September 1, 2020


An event sponsored by WCU’s Culturally Based Native Health Program

Water and Cardiovascular Health: Metal Contaminants in Native American Communities

September 2, 2020
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: Ana Navas-Acien

Ana Navas-Acien is a physician-epidemiologist (MD, University of Granada, Spain ’96) with a specialty in Preventive Medicine and Public Health (Hospital La Paz, Madrid ’01) and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology (Johns Hopkins University ’05). Her research investigates the long-term health effects of environmental exposures (arsenic and other metals, tobacco smoke, e-cigarettes, air pollution), their interactions with genetic and epigenetic variants, and effective interventions for reducing involuntary exposures. She collaborates with the Strong Heart Study, a study of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in American Indian communities, and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), a study of cardiovascular and lung disease in urban settings across the US. Her goals are to contribute to the reduction of environmental health disparities in underserved and disproportionately exposed populations.

An interactive panel discussion to follow with Heather Gregory (EBCI) Dr. Tommy Rock (Navajo Nation) and Reno L. Red Cloud (Oglala Sioux Tribe) along with your questions.

Sponsored by WCU Culturally Based Native Health Programs and Native-CHART grant. This work is supported by grant U54 MDO11240-Native-Controlling Hypertension and Risk through Technology [Native-CHART] – funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.


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