UMass Amherst awarded $700k to study tribal health

Research will focus on environmental health risks and avoidance or addressing of them.

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $700,000 grant for a research project to identity and reduce health risks in tribal communities.

The project will focus on health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma and other tribal concerns.

The grant is one of six awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for projects focusing on tribal health issues.

The EPA funds research on tribal communities through the Science to Achieve Results program. Because many tribes rely on natural resources, the research focuses on environmental health risks and the most efficient methods of avoiding or addressing the risks.

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