Health

There is a growing number of resources that aim to address the effects of climate change on health. This page lists tribal and government resources and programs that focus on ealth-related issues and climate change. This page includes numerous resources from tribal climate change adaptation plans, as well as the recent Tribal Climate Health Project. Additional Programs and Resources can be found at Tribal Climate Health: http://tribalclimatehealth.org"In 2016, Pala Band of Mission Indians was awarded a grant from the U.S. EPA under a solicitation called “Building the Capacity of Tribes to Address the Health Impacts of Climate Change.” The grant funds the development and distribution of online trainings, a resource clearinghouse, and other capacity-building tools that will help tribal health and environmental professionals across the nation prepare their communities for the public health impacts of climate change."

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Climate Change and Human Health Program National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is a member of the Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health (IWCGGH). The IWCGGH is an effort to develop a strategic plan for basic and applied research on the human health of effects of climate change for use by federal agencies and institutes with a human and environmental health mission. The aim of this project is to look at all aspects of the health implications of climate change.

Tribal Health, research National, International Link
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Center for Climate and Health ANTHC

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Center for Climate and Health performs assessments, develop community-appropriate strategies, and develops resources that describe climate-health connections.

Tribal Health, community Alaska Link
An Evidence-Based Public Health Approach to Climate Change Adaptation Environmental Health Perspectives

For public health, climate change has gone from a possible concern to what appears to be an actual threat in just over two decades. When the health impacts of climate change were first broached in the health literature, they were referred to as a possible eventuality (Longstreth 1991). Climate change is now recognized by many as a significant public health threat with substantial current health burdens (Åström et al. 2013; McMichael et al. 2004) and additional impacts expected over time both domestically (Ebi et al. 2006b) and abroad (Campbell-Lendrum et al. 2007)."

Public Health, climate change, adaptation, planning, mitigation, integration National Link
Assessment of the Potential Health Impacts of Climate Change in Alaska The State of Alaska Epidemiology

The document is intended to provide a broad overview of the
potential adverse human health impacts of climate change in Alaska
and to present examples of adaptation strategies for communities to
consider when planning their own response efforts. This document
does not present a new model for climate change in Alaska, and it
does not offer a critique of the NCA predictions for Alaska.

Health, climate change, extreme events impacts, food safety, information, mental health, well-being, Native American communties, traditional knowledge, vector borne disease Alaska Link
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Climate and Health Program CDC

The Center for Disease Control’s Climate Change Program leads efforts to prevent and adapt to the anticipated health impacts associated with climate change. The Program seeks to identify populations most vulnerable to these impacts, anticipate future trends, assures that systems are in place to detect and respond to emerging health threats, and takes steps to assure that these health risks can be managed now and in the future. The program has 3 core functions: 1) To translate climate change science to inform states, local health departments and communities; 2) To create decision support tools to build capacity to prepare for climate change; and 3) To serve as a credible leader in planning for the public health impacts of climate change.

Tribal Health, education, adaptation, public health National Link
Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research University of Arizona

The Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research (CIEHR) utilizes a community-based participatory research approach for all its projects. CIEHR partners with American Indian and Alaska Native communities to build capacity and evaluate the contribution of chemical and other environmental exposures to health inequities. The Center also supports efforts to address these threats by strengthening community resilience, increasing environmental health literacy, disseminating research findings, and informing program and policy development.

public health, environmental health, research, health inequity, community resilience, policy development Arizona Link
Climate Change and Health - Training Modules nextGenU.org

This Climate Change and Health Certificate course teaches about the effects of climate change on human health (through online didactics), and gives a chance to practice techniques to reduce those effects (with globally-available peers and mentors). All components of this training (like all NextGenU.org trainings) are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion.

Public Health, climate change, training, adaptation, National Link
Climate Change and Health - Training Modules World Health Organization

The training package consists of 16 standalone modules covering a range of topics that will prove very useful to build capacity of public health professionals who are involved in management of public health programmes impacted by climate change. The modules are also designed for ease of use by professionals from other sectors such as the environment, transport, disaster preparedness, etc., enabling them to understand the intersectoral nature of the issue and to address health impacts jointly with other sectors. One or more modules can be used as advocacy material as well as to orient different target audiences such as policymakers.

Tribal Health, capacity building, disaster preparedness National, International Link
Climate Change and Human Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) considers climate change to be one of the top public health challenges of our time. Our mission to protect the health and well-being of people in the United States depends on healthy and sustainable environments.

Public Health, climate change, resources, information National Link
Climate Change and Human Health European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

"Climate change impacts on human health span the trajectory of time—past, present, and future. The key finding from the Working Group II, Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that health impacts due to climate change have already occurred in the past, are currently occurring and will continue to occur, at least for the foreseeable future, even with immediate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions"

Public Health, climate change, greenhouse gas emissions International Link
Climate Change and Human Health; What it means to tribes and how we can adapt ITEP, Northern Arizona University

Throughout the nation, climate-induced changes in local weather conditions and patterns are posing concerns for human health. As the climate changes, experts anticipate a variety of both direct (i.e. more extreme heat events) and indirect (i.e. changes in abundance of disease-carrying insects) impacts to human health. These impacts range from impaired air quality, to the spread of certain disease-causing pathogens. Factsheet details impacts on Food security and traditional diets and suggests air quality policies, climate adaptation guides, and community based initiatives.

Tribal Health, community health, climate change, disease, food security National Link
Climate Change and the Health of Indigenous Populations EPA

The impacts of climate change are not limited to physical health. By affecting the environment and natural resources of tribal communities, climate change also threatens the cultural identities of Indigenous people. As plants and animals used in traditional practices or sacred ceremonies become less available, tribal culture and ways of life can be greatly affected.

Tribal health, TEK, climate change, adaptation, mitigation National Link
Climate change and women's health: Impacts and policy directions Plos Medicine

"As noted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) [1], women, especially those in poverty, face higher risks and experience a greater burden of climate change impacts. This is notably true for health impacts, making climate change a risk multiplier for gender-based health disparities. Both men and women are at risk for amplified health impacts. Women have distinct health needs, such as nutritional demands during pregnancy, which places them at risk of suffering from climate-sensitive diseases. Men experience other risks, such as suicide and severe depression in the face of drought [2] and resulting agricultural losses, and may be at higher risk of drowning during severe weather [3]. Compounding women’s health vulnerabilities are cultural constructs, which amplify risk on a regional scale. Globally, a total of 1.3 billion people in low- and middle-income countries live below the poverty line, and 70% are female [4]. Yet while the interactions between poverty, gender-based social discrimination, and climate change threaten to amplify gender-based health disparities, women’s social roles and potential for agency afford opportunities for promoting solutions to sustainability, disaster risk reduction, and solutions to health threats. Ensuring that policies move beyond traditional separations of health, gender, and environment and embrace proactive and gender-based solutions is paramount to protecting women’s health and mobilizing their vast social potential to mitigate, adapt to, and respond to climate threats."

climate change, public health, women's health, climate justice, gender inequality Link
Climate Change in Kivalina, Alaska: Strategies for Community Health ANTHC

Rural Arctic communities are vulnerable to climate change and seek adaptation strategies that will protect health and health infrastructure. This report describes climate change impacts on Kivalina, a small Inupiat Eskimo community located on the coast of the Chukchi Sea. Data sources included the observations of local residents, reports from local and regional government officials and health professionals, and scientific evidence gathered from published sources.

Tribal Health, community health, climate change Alaska Link
Climate Change in Levelock, Alaska: Strategies for Community Health ANTHC

Climate change refers to change over time due to natural variability
or as a result of human activity (IPCC, 2008). Alaska is experiencing a wide range of impacts
from climate change and communities seek adaptive strategies that encourage wellness and
sustainability. This report documents climate change impacts as described by community
residents and climate change effects or potential effects as interpreted through the lens of
public health. It is the seventh report in a series describing climate change in communities
across Alaska, and the third report to focus on the Bristol Bay region.

Tribal Health, community health, climate change, natural resources Alaska Link
Climate Change in Noatak, Alaska; Strategies for Community Health ANTHC

This report documents climate change impacts as described by the local people and interpreted
through the lens of public health. It is the third report in a series describing climate change
in Northwestern Alaska. The first two reports focused on the coastal whaling communities of
Point Hope and Kivalina. This is the first to look at an upriver community characterized by a
different climate, environment, and cultural practices. It was prepared by the Alaska Native
Tribal Health Consortium, Center for Climate and Health in partnership with the Maniilaq
Association, the Northwest Arctic Borough and the Noatak Traditional Council. Funding was
provided by the United States Indian Health Service.

Tribal Health, community health, climate change, disease, food security Alaska Link
Climate Change in Nondalton, Alaska; Strategies for Community Health ANTHC

Climate change refers to change over time due to natural variability or as a result of human activity (IPCC, 2008). Alaska is experiencing a wide range of impacts from climate change and communities seek adaptive strategies that encourage wellness and sustainability. This report documents climate change impacts as described by local people and climate change effects or potential effects as interpreted through the lens of public health. It is the seventh report in a series describing climate change across Alaska, and the second report to focus on the Bristol Bay region, the first being in the community of Pilot Point.

Tribal Health, community, climate change, sustainability Alaska Link
Climate Change in Point Hope, Alaska: Strategies for Community Health ANTHC

Today with the added pressure of climate change, Point Hope continues its struggle with increased urgency; against erosion and against other new emerging challenges to the community, the culture, and to public health.

Tribal Health, climate change, strategies, adaptation Alaska Link
Climate Change is Affecting Our Health. Is There a Cure? TEDx Talks

Public health is being impacted by climate change via many pathways - from alterations in infectious disease transmission to water-source compromise, malnutrition, air pollution, and other factors. This talk includes recent analyses that show how mitigating global warming provides extensive health opportunities, as well as major savings in healthcare costs. Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is Professor & John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs the Global Health Institute.

Public Health, infectious disease transmissions, water, malnutrition, air pollution, mitigation, healthcare costs Link
Climate Change Webinars American Public Health Association

Listen in on the climate and health webinars, including those that are part of the Year of Climate Change and Health and our four-part series with ecoAmerica on how Climate Changes Health. These webinars outline how and why our health is being affected by climate change. They also shed light on what is being done to adapt to the changes and challenges that go along with climate change.

Public Health, community health, climate change, adaptation National Link
Climate Change, Health, and Equity: Opportunities for Action Center for Climate Change & Health

"Climate change and health inequities are the greatest global health threats of the 21st
century.3,4 In this report, we explore the many ways in which climate change, health,
and equity are connected. With input from more than a hundred public health
professionals and community health, equity, and environmental justice advocates and
support from The Kresge Foundation, we developed a conceptual framework to help
us see how these issues are linked, and to identify opportunities and recommendations
for action."

Public Health, community health, climate change, equity, adaptation National Link
Climate Change: Native Voices from the Pacific Northwest Coast Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

This short film depicts Indigenous Pacific Northwest Coast views on impacts from projected changes due to sea level rise and storm surge.

Tribal Health, health, climate change impacts, environmental healht, food safety, natural resources, cultural resources Washington Link
Climate Justice Changes Health: Local, Tribal, Global and Generational American Public Health Association

APHA has declared 2017 as the Year of Climate Change and Health. This very special kick-off webinar is being hosted by APHA, the Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change and Health, Island Press and Security & Sustainability Forum. During the webinar, you'll hear from speakers who are engaged in the fight for climate justice and healthy communities, to explore how climate justice is the best strategy to address both climate change and health inequities here in the U.S. and around the world.

Tribal Health, public health, community, climate change, health inequities International Link
Climate Ready Tribes National Indian Health Board

Climate Ready Tribes is a part of NIHB’s nationally-focused public health program that will serve as a resource for information and collaboration in the interest of increasing knowledge of the health effects of climate change.

Tribal Health, climate change, capacity building, assessment, data sharing National Link
Climate Resilience Planning Toolkit Oregon Health Authority

This toolkit provides local health jurisdictions guidance on how to integrate climate change work into local public health practice. Health departments of all capacities can incorporate climate change considerations into existing planning and programming.​ For those with higher capacity, this toolkit can serve as a resource for developing a Climate and Health Resilience Plan (also called an "adaptation plan" or a "climate change preparedness plan.") This toolkit is adapted from CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework and modified based on the experience of five local health jurisdictions in Oregon. This toolkit builds on their lessons learned​​ through planning for climate change at the local level.

Tribal Health, Climate Change, resilience, planning Northwest Link
Community Based Adaptation to a Changing Climate EPA

Communities are facing a changing world- a world of warmer temperatures , less predictable weather patterns, and rising sea levels. While
impacts vary by location, these and other impacts threaten the reliable
delivery of many community services. This resource discusses how climate
change is affecting community services, presents sample adaptation
strategies, gives examples of successful community adaptation actions, and
provides links to other key federal resources.

Public Health, adaptation, preparedness, air quality, climate change, extreme events National Link
Developing Responsive Indicators of Indigenous Community Health International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Many health assessments by government agencies, industry, and researchers from outside the communities fail to include Indigenous definitions of health and omit basic methodological guidance on how to evaluate Indigenous health, thus compromising the quality and consistency of results. Native Coast Salish communities (Washington State, USA) developed and pilot-tested a set of Indigenous Health Indicators (IHI) that reflect non-physiological aspects of health (community connection, natural resources security, cultural use, education, self-determination, resilience) on a community scale, using constructed measures that allow for concerns and priorities to be clearly articulated without releasing proprietary knowledge. Based on initial results from pilot-tests of the IHI with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (Washington State, USA), we argue that incorporation of IHIs into health assessments will provide a more comprehensive understanding of Indigenous health concerns, and assist Indigenous peoples to control their own health evaluations.

Tribal Health, community health, natural resources, climate change, health assessment Washington, National Link
Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) DHHS

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites grant applications for Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC). As intellectual hubs for environmental health research, the EHS CC is expected to be the thought leaders for the field and advance the goals of the NIEHS Strategic Plan (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/strategicplan/). The Core Centers provide critical research infrastructure, shared facilities, services and/or resources, to groups of investigators conducting environmental health sciences research. An EHS CC enables researchers to conduct their independently-funded individual and/or collaborative research projects more efficiently and/or more effectively. The broad overall goal of an EHS CC is to identify and capitalize on emerging issues that advance improving the understanding of the relationships among environmental exposures, human biology, and disease. The EHS CC supports community engagement and translational research as key approaches to improving public health.

environmental health science, research, environmental exposures, human biology, disease, public health National Link
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger on Indigenous health and Climate Change (Video) American Public Health Association

Erial Tchekwie Deranger is the Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action. ICA's main goal is to foster Indigenous communities that are inspired and empowered to take direct climate action. In this video created by the American Public Health Association, she talks about the climate related effects on the health of her community.

Tribal Health, community health, natural resources, climate change, health assessment Canada Link
Essential Actions for Climate Resilience in Local Health Departments National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Climate change is a serious public health issue. Communities affected by environmental injustices and socioeconomic inequities are disproportionately at risk from health impacts of climate change. Local health departments (LHDs) are uniquely positioned to identify and communicate the human health risks of climate change and develop interventions that reduce these risks to improve health and promote equity. This document suggests actions for local public health authorities to begin examining the local health impacts of climate change.

climate change, public health, climate change adaptation, environmental justice, intervention National Link

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