Jim Berner, MD
Carl Hild, MS
Kari Hamrick, PhD
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided $50,000 in funding to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) for this project, and the following project collaborators were providing in-kind contributions: CDC's Arctic Investigations Program, National Center for Environmental Health, Alaska Native Health Board, North Slope Borough, Arctic Slope Native Association, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, and the Institute for Health Studies (ICHS).
The goal of this study was to provide surveillance to prenatal mothers and their children during the first year of life for contaminant levels, diet, reproductive success, and immune system strength. This project also helped to establish a locally based system to engage community members in the regular assessment of environmental health concerns.
The Maternal and Umbilical Cord Blood Monitoring Study had a one year funding cycle, with the expectation that other federal sources would be secured to provide this service for more mothers throughout the Alaskan Arctic as well as statewide.