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Navajo Birth Cohort Study (NBCS) /
Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO+)

Toll Free Number: 877-545-6775
Main NBCS ECHO+ website

The Navajo Birth Cohort Study is a collaborative effort to better understand the relationship between uranium exposures and early developmental delays on the Navajo Nation. The five-year Study is funded by Congress at the request of the Navajo Nation and in response to concerns expressed by women about health impacts of living near abandoned uranium mines. Partners in the Study include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Navajo Area Indian Health Service, Navajo Nation Division of Health, University of New Mexico Community Environmental Health Program, UNM Pediatrics Department Center for Development and Disability, and Southwest Research and Information Center. Eligible women are between the ages of 14 and 45 who have lived on the Navajo Nation for five years, are pregnant, and will deliver at the designated hospitals in Chinle, Gallup, Shiprock, Ft. Defiance, and Tuba City.

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Primary staff: Chris Shuey, Lynda Lasiloo, Sandy Ramone, Maria Welch.

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