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.

Title Organization Description Categorysort descending Geography Website
Indian Health Service (IHS) Regional Contact List IHS

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Indian Health Service is broken out into 12 physical areas of the United States; Alaska, Albuquerque, Aberdeen, Bemidji, Billings, California, Nashville, Navajo, Oklahoma, Phoenix, Portland and Tucson. This webpage has more information on each region, including regional program descriptions and contact information.

Tribal Health Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, Alaska 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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
Exploring Effects of Climate Change on Northern Plains American Indian Health

American Indians have unique vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate change because of the links among ecosystems, cultural practices, and public health, but also as a result of limited resources available to address infrastructure needs. On the Crow Reservation in south-central Montana, a Northern Plains American Indian Reservation, there are community concerns about the consequences of climate change impacts for community health and local ecosystems. 

Tribal Health, community health, cultural practices, infrastructure Montana 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
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
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
Health Disparities: Climate Change and Health: A Native American Perspective Environmental Health Perspectives

"The intricate, intertwined forces driving global climate change are mirrored by similar complexity in the human response to it. That makes it nearly impossible to anticipate the stance of any one group based solely on a label such as nationality, race, or economic class. But there is ample evidence that the raw drive for survival—the ultimate environmental health perspective—is a common thread that often compels people to change their behavior. That is the case today for some Native Americans who are feeling the effects of dislocation and food shortages they attribute to climate change."

tribal health, community, climate change, dislocation, food shortage National 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
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
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
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
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
Indigenous Health Indicators Tool U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

The Indigenous Health Indicators (IHIs) are meant to provide a clear and broadly understandable depiction of what it means to be healthy for many indigenous communities, as well as a method for evaluating the status of health and well-being. The IHIs expand the often narrow scope of many current health regulations and policies that views risks and impacts as objective measures of physiological morbidity or mortality outcomes, but does not otherwise connect them to ecosystem health or social and cultural beliefs and values integral to indigenous definitions of health. By constructing a more complex, narrative set of indicators beyond the physiological for indigenous communities, a more accurate picture of health status is gained with which to better evaluate and manage public environmental health risks and impacts.

Tribal Health, indigenous communities, culture, well-being National Link
Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness Native Voices

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Visitors will discover how Native concepts of health and illness are closely tied to the concepts of community, spirit, and the land.

Tribal Health, native perspectives, health, healing National, Alaska, Hawaii 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
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
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
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
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 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

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