Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research (CIEHR)

The Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research (CIEHR) is a Center of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research supported by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

The overall goal of CIEHR is to partner with rural and urban indigenous communities to build capacity to measure and determine the contribution of environmental exposures to health inequities and support efforts to address these threats, including research translation and policy development.  CIEHR employs a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach in its research and outreach projects.


CIEHR's Research Aims

  • Partner with indigenous communities to carry out environmental exposure research
  • Build indigenous community capacity to address environmental health inequities
  • Improve environmental health research translation and inform health policy