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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NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

The NIH Disaster Research Response Program (DR2) is the national framework for research on the medical and public health aspects of disasters and public health emergencies. The DR2 website, provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Library of Medicine, supports disaster science investigators by offering data collection tools, research protocols, disaster research news and events, and more.

natural disasters, public health, emergencies, research, data collection 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
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
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.

zoonotic disease, public health, environment National, International 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
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
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
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
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
Public Health Disaster Research in U.S. Territories, Tribal Areas, and Rural Communities Natural Hazards Center, CDC, National Science Foundation

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: October 7, 2022. The Natural Hazards Center, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Science Foundation, is calling for proposals focused on studying public health preparedness, response, and resilience to disasters in inhabited U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, tribal areas, and rural communities across the United States. Proposals can focus on one location or offer comparisons across regions. Learn more including the steps to apply here.

public health, resilience, disaster preparedness, research National, International (US Territories) 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 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 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
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
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
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
Request for Applications: Climate and Health Demonstration Sites (2022-2023) NACCHO, CDC

Applications Due: December 12, 2022. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) supports local efforts to track, prevent, and mitigate the health effects of climate change, including: (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. To this end, NACCHO, with support from the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, intends to award up to four (4) entities for up to $20,000 each to support climate change and health adaptation initiatives at local organizations. Read the request for applications here. An optional informational webinar for interested applicants on Thursday, October 27, 2022, from 11:00 – 11:30 AM Pacific.

health effects, health, climate change impacts, adaptation, community health, community preparedness National Link
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Funding Opportunities Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health, health equity, climate change, climate change impacts, racial equity National Link
Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE) USDA, NIFA

Past Deadline: 4/29/2022. 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
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
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
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
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
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
The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future The Lancet

The Lancet Countdown is an international collaboration that independently monitors the health consequences of a changing climate. Publishing updated, new, and improved indicators each year, the Lancet Countdown represents the consensus of leading researchers from 43 academic institutions and UN agencies. The 44 indicators of this report expose an unabated rise in the health impacts of climate change and the current health consequences of the delayed and inconsistent response of countries around the globe—providing a clear imperative for accelerated action that puts the health of people and planet above all else.
The 2021 report coincides with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), at which countries are facing pressure to realise the ambition of the Paris Agreement to keep the global average temperature rise to 1·5°C and to mobilise the financial resources required for all countries to have an effective climate response. These negotiations unfold in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic—a global health crisis that has claimed millions of lives, affected livelihoods and communities around the globe, and exposed deep fissures and inequities in the world's capacity to cope with, and respond to, health emergencies. Yet, in its response to both crises, the world is faced with an unprecedented opportunity to ensure a healthy future for all.

health and climate change, monitoring, adaptation, planning, resilience, mitigation, public health National Link
The Climate Resilience for Frontline Clinics Toolkit Americares, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE

The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE) and Americares have collaborated to help protect people on the frontlines of the climate crisis with the Climate Resilience for Frontline Clinics project. Biogen is a founding donor of the project. The three-year effort began with a groundbreaking survey of over 450 clinic staff from 47 U.S. states and territories to identify knowledge gaps and real-world challenges of caring for patients during and after climate shocks. The knowledge gained from that survey helped us create the Climate Resilience for Frontline Clinics Toolkit which provides useful resources for health care providers, patients and administrators at free clinics and community health centers to meet the challenges for health care from climate change.

The resources listed on the site can be downloaded for your use by clicking on Heat, Wildfires or Hurricanes & Flooding and then selecting each document (information or checklist) that you wish to download. The documents are organized for Health Care Providers, Patients and Administrators.

toolkit, wildfire, heat, hurricane, flooding, health care providers, patients, health care administrators 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
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
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
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

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