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, a site hosted by the Pala Band of Mission Indians through the project “Building the Capacity of Tribes to Address the Health Impacts of Climate Change.” http://tribalclimatehealth.org.

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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
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
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 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 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 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, 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
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 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 in Wainwright, Alaska: Strategies for Community Health ANTHC Center for Climate and Health

Assessment of climate change related health effects in Wainwright a traditional Inupiat community located on the Chukchi Sea coast. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, June 2014. To download a PDF of the plan, click here.

Tribal, Adaptation Plan Alaska, Northwest Link
Climate Change in Selawik, Alaska: Strategies for Community Health ANTHC

Assessment of climate change related health effects in Selawik, Alaska. Selawik is an Inupiat community of approximately 829 residents, located on the Selawik River, about four miles north of the Arctic Circle and 70 miles east of Kotzebue. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 2012. To download a PDF of the plan, click here.

Tribal, Adaptation Plan, Community Health, Tribal Health Alaska 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
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. Assessment of climate change related health effects in Point Hope, Alaska. Point Hope is an Inupiat community of approximately 700 residents, located in Northwestern Alaska on the Chukchi Sea. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 2010. To download a PDF of the plan, click here.

Tribal Health, climate change, strategies, adaptation Alaska Link
Climate Change in Pilot Point, Alaska: Strategies for Community Health ANTHC

Aassessment of climate change related health effects in Pilot Point, Alaska. Pilot Point is mostly Alaska Native People of Alutiiq and Yup'ik Eskimo decent, averaging about 64 to 100 residents. Pilot Point is located on the Northern coast of the Alaska Peninsula, on the east shore of Ugashik Bay. 2013, Download a PDF of the plan by clicking here.

Tribal, Adaptation Plan, Tribal Health, Community Health Alaska, Coastal Link
Climate Change in Nuiqsut, Alaska: Strategies for Community Health ANTHC

Assessment of climate change related health effects in Nuiqsut, Alaska a traditional Inupiat community located on the West bank of the Colville River, 18 miles south from the inlet to the Beaufort Sea. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 2014. To download the PDF of the plan, click here.

Tribal, Adaptation Plan, Tribal Health, Community Health, climate change 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. To download a copy of the plan, click here.

Tribal Health, community, climate change, sustainability 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. To download a PDF of the plan, click here.

Tribal Health, community health, climate change, disease, food security 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. Assessment of climate change related health effects in Levelock, Alaska. As of 2012, there were about 88 residents, mostly Alaska Native people of Alutiiq and Yupik descent. Levelock is situated about 40 miles north from Naknek, 60 miles east of Dillingham and 278 miles southwest of Anchorage. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 2014. Download a PDF of the plan by clicking here.

Tribal Health, community health, climate change, natural resources Alaska 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. To download a PDF of the plan, click here.

Tribal Health, community health, climate change Alaska 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 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 Public Health - Training Modules nextGenU.org

This Climate Change and Public 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 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 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 Health - Training Modules World Health Organization

The training package consists of 17 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, training National, International 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
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
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
Blueprint; For Addressing Climate Change and Health Public Health- Seattle and King County

"Climate change-influenced conditions and exposures that negatively impact health are expected to increase both in frequency and severity while new conditions and exposures are also expected, such as a vector-borne disease emerging in new areas. The need for public health to address the issues of climate change is more important than ever."

public health, climate change, vector-borne disease, air quality, wildfires, flooding, extreme events Washington state, King County Link

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