The CHAMACOS Study

The CHAMACOS Study is a longitudinal birth cohort study examining chemicals and other factors in the environment and children’s health.

In 1999-2000, we enrolled 601 pregnant women living in the agricultural Salinas Valley. We are following their children through age 12 to measure their exposures to pesticides and other chemicals and to determine if this exposure impacts their growth, health, and development.

In 2010-2011 we enrolled 300 additional 9-year-old children into the cohort and will be following them also until age 12.  Learn more about the cohort.

“C.H.A.M.A.C.O.S.” stands for Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas, and also means “little children” in Mexican Spanish.

The CHAMACOS Study investigates:

The CHAMACOS Study is a Community-University partnership modeled on the tenets of community-based participatory research.

Community Partners:

 

Funded By: Duration: Study Contact:
  • The National Institute for Environmental  Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 2001-2006
  • Environment Innovation Fund, Passport Foundation 
1998-2014,
ongoing
Brenda Eskenazi, PhD
Director of CERCH
eskenazi@berkeley.edu
510-642-3496
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