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."

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Tribal Public Health Law Resources CDC

As sovereign nations, tribes are uniquely situated to use law as a public health tool to promote the health and well-being of their communities. Additionally, federal law creates a framework that governs the relationships among tribes, states, and the federal government that can affect tribal public health. The resources listed on this site are law and policy resources related to tribal public health.

Tribal Health National Link
Tribal Public Health and Environmental Think Tank American Public Health Association

Many American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes across the United States are finding their traditional ways of life disrupted by poor housing conditions, barriers to educational achievement, poverty, historical trauma, and racism. All of these factors – compounded by environmental hazards, geospatial challenges and limited access or proximity to health care or medical services – lead to poor health outcomes. The Think Tank is focused on increasing education and awareness of the unique public and environmental health challenges faced by tribal communities, and achieving improvements to these issues.

Tribal Health, community health, natural resources, climate change, health assessment, food health National Link
Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC)

The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) is a tribal technical resource and program and policy development dialogue group, focused on pesticides issues and concerns. The TPPC assists tribes in building tribal pesticide programs, providing pesticide education and training, and researching, developing and presenting a broad range of tribal pesticide-related issues and concerns. It is the intent of the TPPC to focus on pesticides and be as inclusive as possible for all tribes and tribal organizations that have pesticide issues and concerns. The TPPC facilitates communications between tribes, tribal and intertribal organizations, tribal communities, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as other federal and state agencies on pesticides and pesticide-related issues.

pesticide management, policy, education, training, communication, EPA, health National Link
Tribal Healthy Homes Network THHN

The Tribal Healthy Homes Network is a tribally-led coalition that strives to find and share solutions for healthy, sustainable, and safe housing. We search for and help develop effective programs, and share our results with tribes. We also serve as a clearinghouse for technical support, program guidance, resources, and funding.

Tribal Health, healthy housing, technical support, funding National Link
Tribal Eco-Ambassadors Program EPA

Applications accepted continuously. EPA conducts research in partnership with tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Selected professors from eight different TCUs will receive funding and technical support from EPA to work with a group of students to solve environmental and public health issues most important to their tribal communities, ranging from sustainable building materials to monitoring of local drinking water wells.

Tribal Health, Health Research, Water, Natural Resources Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, Alaska Link
Tribal Climate Health Pala Band of Mission Indians

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.

Tribal Health, capacity building, environmental health, public health, community National 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
Traditional Ecological Knowledge: A Different Perspective on Environmental Health Environmental Health Perspectives

Many persistent health disparities exist between Native Americans and other racial groups in the United States.1 As part of a broader effort to address these shortfalls and their root causes, the authors of a new commentary in Environmental Health Perspectives highlight the value of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) to Tribal epidemiology and medicine.2

Public Health, Tribal Health, TK, Environmental Health, Climate Change National Link
The Insidious Threat of Wildfire - Not What You Might Think The Progressive

Of course, wildfires are life-threatening for those in their path and for the firefighters who work to contain them: 54 people perished in wildfires across the American West last year. But health threats are not limited to those at the line of fire.

Public Health, air quality, climate change, extreme events, information California 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
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
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
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
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
San Francisco Climate and Health Program San Francisco Department of Public Health

Climate change is one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. The health impacts of climate change will affect us all, but will have a greater impact on disadvantaged communities and threaten the systems on which human life depends – our air, water, food, shelter and security. In response to this pressing public health issue, in 2010 the San Francisco Department of Public Health created its Climate and Health Program. Our Climate and Health Program is working to develop solutions to support healthy and climate-ready communities.

Public Health, climate change, air, water, food, shelter security, adaptation San Francisco Link
Safe Water Program Improvement e-Learning Series (SWPI) CDC

SWPI helps health department programs strengthen services to people that use wells, cisterns, springs, and other private drinking water systems not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Oversight for these systems vary, but core elements of successful, sustainable programs are similar. SWPI walks through the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services and the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards, and provides examples of using them to identify and fill program gaps in these types of drinking water programs.

Tribal Health, public health, sustainability, well water, safe drinking water National Link
Rural Tribal Health Rural Health Information Hub

Resources in this guide provide specific information on tribal health disparities, as well as funding sources and tools that can be used to help improve healthcare for American Indians/Alaska Natives.

Tribal Health, resources, funding, tools National, Alaska 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
Report: Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health

Most Americans understand that climate change is real and are concerned about it. But most still see climate change as a far away threat, in both time and place, and as something that threatens the future of polar bears but not necessarily people. The reality, however, is starkly different: climate change is already causing problems in communities in every region of our nation, and from a doctor’s perspective, it’s harming our health.

Public Health, Climate Change, assessment 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
Ready for Change; Preparing Public Health Agencies for the Impacts of Climate Change Climate Leadership Initiative and The Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials

This manual is a response to the concerns raised by public health departments in terms of climate change effects on public health. "It provides guidance on how to prioritize and implement the operational changes that allow public agencies to prepare their employess and communities for climate change. Additionally, it provides guidance about how to demonstrate and communicate a commitment to reducing risks and building resilience."

Public Health, preparedness, climate change, planning, adaptation, community health National Link
Public Health Working Group for the Climate Action Team State of California

The Public Health Working Group's task is to address cross-cutting issues related to climate change and health. The Working Group is responsible for providing public health input into the AB 32 implementation process, as well as other public health issues related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Public Health, climate change, adaptation, planning, mitigation California Link
Public Health Insider Public Health Seattle and King County

The Public Health Insider provides timely, interesting, behind-the-scenes news about efforts to protect the health and well-being of all people in Seattle and King County. It’s written by members of the Communications Team at Public Health – Seattle & King County, with contributions from the many experts who work throughout the department’s five divisions.

public health, risks, hazards, food safety, healthy living Washington Link
Public Health Functions APHA

Assessment is a core function of public health and encompasses monitoring health status to identify community health problems and diagnosis and investigation of health problems and health hazards in the community. Local health departments are already engaged in disease surveillance, community health assessments, vital statistics, and program evaluation. The skills, data, and analysis used in these activities can be applied to assessment for climate change and health, which provides a foundation to determine needs and other tools for assessment.

public health, assessment, diagnosis, climate change, LHDs, surveillance, vulnerability, tribes National Link
Public Health and Climate Change; A Guide for Increasing the Capacity of Local Health Departments The Resource Innovation Group, Northwest Health Foundation, CDC, Biositu, LLC

This guidebook is designed to support efforts to initiate and integrate climate planning within county, regional and tribal public health departments and agencies. It will provide you and your department with the knowledge and skills to build capacity to address climate impacts and/or develop a climate action plan for your department. The strategies and activities will enhance your efforts to both reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and to prepare for impacts. By working through the guidebook and activities over the next six months to a year, you can build sustained institutional capacity to manage the health impacts of climate change.

Public Health, Tribal Health, climate change, adaptation, planning, capacity building 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.

health and medicine, public health, prevention, environment, environment health and safety, climate change Link
Protecting health from climate change: vulnerability and adaptation assessment World Health Organization

This document is designed to provide basic and flexible guidance on conducting a national or subnational assessment of current and future vulnerability (i.e. the susceptibility of a population or region to harm) to the health risks of climate change, and of policies and programmes that could increase resilience, taking into account the multiple determinants of climate-sensitive health outcomes.

Public Health, assessment, climate change National, International Link
Preparing for the Health Effects of Drought; A Resource Guide for Public Health Professionals CDC

Although the public health effects of drought can be severe, they are often hard to observe or measure directly, making them easy to overlook. In response to a growing need for increased awareness of, and better resources related to, the relationship between drought and public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just published the new guide Preparing for the Health Effects of Drought: a Resource Guide for Public Health Officials.

public health, climate change impacts, drought, vector-borne diseases and infections, air quality, infrastructure, preparedness National Link
Oregon Climate and Health Network Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Climate and Health Network will provide a forum for local public health practitioners and partners to stay connected and apprised of current climate science, health implications, and opportunities for action. It will serve as a forum for sharing information and best practices across various programmatic areas of public health. 

The network will include a list serve for e-mail communications and a quarterly conference call that will feature member updates and guest speakers. Oregon's Climate and Health program will manage the list serve and facilitate the conference calls. 
The network is open to all those who are interested and will include members in local health departments, other local agencies, state and non-profit partners. We expect members to work in various fields (including environmental health, emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention, land use, transportation and natural resource planning, social services, etc.) and we also expect members to have different levels of experience and expertise.

Tribal Health, Climate Adaptation, Environmental Health, Emergency Preparedness, Chronic Disease, Social Services Pacific Northwest, Oregon Link
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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