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 health-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."

Title Organization Description Categorysort descending Geography Website
One Health Basics CDC

The One Health concept recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. CDC uses a One Health approach by working with physicians, veterinarians, ecologists, and many others to monitor and control public health threats and to learn about how diseases spread among people, animals, and the environment.

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Fourth National Climate Assessment NCA

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) assesses the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century. Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities. The impacts of global climate change are already being felt in the United States and are projected to intensify in the future—but the severity of future impacts will depend largely on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changes that will occur.

assessment, climate, impacts, communities, reduction, agriculture National Link
Global Climate Action Summit GCAS

The Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action. It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement. The decarbonization of the global economy is in sight. Transformational changes are happening across the world and across all sectors as a result of technological innovation, new and creative policies and political will at all levels. States and regions, cities, businesses and investors are leading the charge on pushing down global emissions by 2020, setting the stage to reach net zero emissions by midcentury.​​

climate action, decarbonization, global economy, policies National/Global Link
Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments American Public Health Association

Local public health departments (LHDs) across the United States are working proactively to address health inequities, an endeavor that requires intentional change in public health practice. While the services that public health provides to individuals in communities remain vitally important, local health departments are broadening their scope to support systems change across the many sectors that shape community environments (such as transportation and land use, agriculture and food, and criminal justice systems) and the economic, physical, and social conditions in which we live, work, learn, and play. LHDs are also beginning to address the historical and structural determinants of health (such as racism, power, and disenfranchisement) that have led to and reinforce persistent inequities. Now, public health needs to apply this expanded scope to climate change. Our actions now will determine the magnitude of future impacts, how quickly they occur, and the extent to which our communities can thrive in the face of climate change.

climate change impacts, public health, equality, community health, transportation, land use, agriculture National 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
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
Tribal Climate Champions: Spotlight on Blackfeet Nation National Indian Health Board

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) has funded three Tribal climate health projects as part of the Climate Ready Tribes Project with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NIHB is currently highlighting each of these Tribes and their climate health efforts through email spotlights. Today's spotlight highlights the project work from Blackfeet Nation.

climate ready tribes, climate health efforts, physical and mental health, climate change, water, drought, extreme weather, water contamination Montana, Glacier National Park Link
Community Engagement in Public Health CCHS

Local public health departments are charged with promoting overall community health and well-being and addressing the causes of disease and disability. To achieve these goals in the 21st century, local health departments need to engage diverse communities in developing a broad spectrum of solutions to today’s most pressing problems, including chronic diseases (the leading causes of death), health disparities, and other complex community health issues.

community participation, public health, CDC, disease, health, engagement California Link
Guide to Equitable Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Urband Sustainability Directors Network

Climate change is one of the most critical and complex challenges that society faces today. Even while climate change affects everyone, not all people are impacted equally. People of color, immigrants, refugees, and lower-income populations experience increased exposure and sensitivity to climate hazards and a reduced capacity to adapt. As local governments plan and implement their response to climate change, an opportunity exists to create stronger, more equitable communities for everyone.

community, equitable, equality, climate change, tribal, immigrants, refugees National Link
Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE) USDA, NIFA

Deadline Passed 05/24/2018Deadline Unknown for 2019. The RHSE program proposals are expected to be community-based, outreach education programs, such as those conducted through Human Science extension outreach, that provides individuals and families with: Information as to the value of good health at any age; Information to increase individual or family’s motivation to take more responsibility for their own health; Information regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact on human health; Information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.

community, outreach, education, family health, rural environmental issues, health, training Rural Link
Community Organizing Handbook- 3rd Edition CCESL

The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning embraces the vision, values and mission of the University of Denver. Whether training students, offering faculty development programs or accomplishing our work with communities, CCESL's work is grounded in principles of community-engaged scholarship and teaching as well as in the community organizing model.

community-engagement, students, faculty, issues, organizing, handbook National Link
Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Teachers (Admin Supp) DHHS, NIEHS

Deadline Passed 01/31/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences hereby notifies Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) with R01, R21, R15, R35, R37, or P01 awards that funds are available for administrative supplements to support summer research experiences in environmental health science for high school students, college undergraduates, master’s degree candidates, medical students, secondary school science teachers, and science professors from R15/AREA grant eligible institutions. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.

environmental health, education, training, research experience National Link
NEHA Climate and Health Funding Opportunity NEHA, CDC

Deadline Passed 12/28/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to offer two $10,000 grants to support state, local, or tribal governmental environmental health agencies to translate climate and health data into a format that is available and useful to their residents and staff. These demonstration grants will support agencies that are already working with their local or state climate and health data or using the CDC BRACE framework. The purpose of these grants are to advance the efforts of environmental health departments or agencies to use their data to inform efforts to adapt to climate change.

environmental health, health agencies, climate data, health data, BRACE Framwork, climate change, adaptation National Link
Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences (R21) DHHS, NIH

Deadline passed 09/03/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is intended to support environmental health research in which an unpredictable event provides a limited window of opportunity to collect human biological samples or environmental exposure data. The primary motivation of the FOA is to understand the consequences of natural and man-made disasters or emerging environmental public health threats in the U.S. and abroad. A distinguishing feature of an appropriate study is the need for rapid review and funding (substantially shorter than the typical NIH grant review/award cycle) in order for the research question to be addressed and swiftly implemented. The shortened timeframe will be achieved by more frequent application due dates and expediting peer review, council concurrence and award issuance. The entire cycle, from submission to award, is expected to be within 3-4 months.

environmental health, research, disaster preparedness, environmental exposure, public health National Link
The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping the health of nations for centuries to come The Lancet

The Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change was established to provide an independent, global monitoring system dedicated to tracking the health dimensions of the impacts of, and the response to, climate change. The Lancet Countdown tracks 41 indicators across five domains: climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability; adaptation, planning, and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; finance and economics; and public and political engagement. This report is the product of a collaboration of 27 leading academic institutions, the UN, and intergovernmental agencies from every continent. The report draws on world-class expertise from climate scientists, ecologists, mathematicians, geographers, engineers, energy, food, livestock, and transport experts, economists, social and political scientists, public health professionals, and doctors.

health and climate change, monitoring, adaptation, planning, resilience, mitigation, public health National Link
Protecting the Health and Well-Being of Communities in a Changing Climate; Proceedings of a Workshop The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine

On March 13, 2017, the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine and the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a 1-day public workshop at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, DC. Participants discussed regional, state, and local efforts to mitigate and adapt to health challenges arising from climate change, ranging from heat to rising water. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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Climate and Health Adaptations in Local Health Departments NACCHO, CDC

Deadline Passed 12/14/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) supports local efforts to track, prevent, and mitigate the health effects of climate change. According to the NACCHO Climate Change Policy Statement, these efforts include (1) the incorporation of adaptation planning into land use, housing, and transportation design; (2) preparing communities for extreme and unusual environmental events; and (3) coordinating with local governments on all-hazards disaster planning. NACCHO supports implementing existing policies and procedures (e.g., CDC BRACE framework) and integrating climate change into ongoing performance improvement measures (e.g., Public Health Accreditation). NACCHO, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), intends to award up to two entities with a maximum of $15,000 each. The purpose of this funding is to supplement ongoing climate change and health adaptation initiatives in local health departments.

health effects, health, climate change impacts, adaptation, community health, community preparedness National Link
Ten threats to global health in 2019 World Health Organization

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity due to the health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.

health, climate change impacts, pollution, health emergencies International Link
Multsoving at the Intersection of Climate and Health; Lessons from Success Stories Climate Interactive

By leveraging cross-sectoral collaboration, it is possible to design and implement projects that improve local health, produce financial savings, and advance long-term climate goals all at once. These
“multisolving” initiatives deliver improvements in multiple sectors with the same investment of time, money, or political will, thus saving money, meeting multiple needs, and empowering diverse constituencies.

health, climate change, climate change adaptation, community health International Link
Climate Change in Port Heiden, Alaska Strategies for Community Health Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

There are two components to this document. The first component is the scope of described environmental change and its impacts in Port Heiden Summary Alaska. The second component is a list of priorities to be addressed that will help Port Heiden achieve its vision for the future. Each priority area incorporates local knowledge with available climate science and takes the expected future changes in to consideration.

health, climate change, climate change impacts, traditional knowledge, climate science Alaska 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
Health Departments are on Climate Change's Front Lines ensia

From extreme heat to mosquito-borne diseases, climate change is having a huge public health impact. Can health departments keep up?

health, climate change, extreme weather events, public health, adaptation National Link
Health and climate change toolkit for project managers World Health Organization

The climate change and health toolkit is a one-stop resource containing key resources that address climate change and health issues. It is intended for planners, policy makers, and those working at the policy/practice interface. We will keep this resource updated with the latest publications.

health, climate change, planning, adaptation, vulnerability assessments International Link
State, Territorial, Local and Tribal Based Projects to Assess Emerging Surveillance Issues in Climatic Exposures and Respiratory Health Outcomes Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Deadline Passed 1/11/2019. Deadline for 2020 Unknown.  The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is actively soliciting applications from state, territorial, local, and tribal public health organizations to develop and complete pilot projects surrounding emerging climate and respiratory health issues with a focus on the applied epidemiology, surveillance, and/or informatics implications. They will award up to $10,000 per pilot project for approximately three projects.

health, climate change, respiratory health, epidemiology, public health National Link
The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment U.S. Global Change Research Program

Climate change is a significant threat to the health of the American people. This scientific assessment examines how climate change is already affecting human health and the changes that may occur in the future.

Health, climate change, temperature-related, air quality impacts, extreme events, vector-borne diseases, water quality, food safety National Link
Realistic Ways You Can Combat Climate Change, Today Public Health Online

As the hard realities of climate change become clearer in our daily lives, taking responsibility for mitigating these effects is a front-of-mind issue. But meaningful change does not mean a grim life of deprivation. New habits and energy-smart investments can make a real difference.

health, climate change, tools, information National Link
Health and Climate Solutions Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline Passed 02/08/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. Through this funding opportunity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to develop and amplify the evidence around a set of approaches that improve community health and well-being and advance health equity, while also addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation. Eligible, local approaches can focus on one or more of a range of determinants of health—including, but not limited to: air quality; energy sources; transportation or mobility design; food and water systems; housing; and health systems. There will be two optional webinars for interested applicants on January 7, 2019 at 12 pm Pacific and January 15, 2019 at 5 pm Pacific

health, health equity, climate change, climate change impacts National Link
Chemşhúun Pe'ícháachuqeli (When our Hearts are Happy); A Tribal Psychosocial Climate Resilience Framework Pala Band of Mission Indians, Tribal Climate Health Project

"Chemşhúun Pe'ícháachuqeli, Pala’s Tribal Psychosocial Climate Resilience Framework, is designed to help Pala and other communities consider how to safeguard mental and emotional wellbeing when preparing for the impacts of climate change. This report is part of Pala’s National Indian Health Board (NIHB) funded Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which incorporates health and wellbeing strategies." 

health, resilience, mental health, climate change impacts, framework, adaptation plan Link
Office of Tribal Self-Governance Negotiation Cooperative Agreement DHHS, IHS

Deadline passed on June 18, 2018. Next deadline unknown. The purpose of this Negotiation Cooperative Agreement is to provide Tribes with resources to help defray the costs associated with preparing for and engaging in Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) negotiations. TSGP negotiations are a dynamic, evolving, and tribally driven process that requires careful planning, preparation and sharing of precise, up-to-date information by both Tribal and Federal parties. Because each Tribal situation is unique, a Tribe's successful transition into the TSGP, or expansion of their current program, requires focused discussions between the Federal and Tribal negotiation teams about the Tribe's specific health care concerns and plans. One of the hallmarks of the TSGP is the collaborative nature of the negotiations process, which is designed to: 1) enable a Tribe to set its own priorities when assuming responsibility for IHS Programs, Services, Functions and Activities (PSFAs), 2) observe and respect the Government-to-Government relationship between the U.S. and each Tribe, and 3) involve the active participation of both Tribal and IHS representatives, including the Office of Tribal Self-Governance (OTSG).

health, self-governance, planning, collaboration National Link
Northwest Climate and Health Network

A network of public health professionals and partners. Bringing together state and local public health practitioners and partners across the NW region to share information, resources, opportunities, and best practices at the intersection of climate change and public health.

health, tribal health, professionals, Northwest, climate impacts Northwest Link

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