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.

Titlesort ascending Organization Description Category Geography Website
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
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
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
Addressing Links Between Climate and Public Health in Alaska Native Villages U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

As emissions of heat-trapping bases accumulate in our atmosphere, Earth's polar regions are warming more quickly than at lower latitudes. The rapid environmental changes that result from this warming can have a significant impact on the physical and mental health of rural Alaskans: unpredictable weather and changes in the seasons have made harvesting food more difficult, hazardous, and stressful. The climate-related challenge faced by Alaska’s tribal health system is to recognize new health stressors and community vulnerabilities, and then find healthy adaptation strategies in an increasingly uncertain future. Since 1997, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) has operated a non-profit, statewide system of health services for more than 143,000 Alaska Native Villages and Native American Tribes. In 2009, ANTHC established the Center for Climate and Health to help people understand climate change impacts on community health and work to address them. To help raise awareness about the connections between climate change and community health, ANTHC uses a variety of communication and education products including ClimeMap, The LEO Network, and an e-journal which provides weekly access to other map tools, updates, assessments, and bulletins.

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, Climate Change, Human Health, Community Health, Adaptation Strategies Alaska Link
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

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