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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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
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
Community Engagement in Public Health CCHS

Local public health departments are charged with promoting overall community health and well-being and addressing the causes of disease and disability. To achieve these goals in the 21st century, local health departments need to engage diverse communities in developing a broad spectrum of solutions to today’s most pressing problems, including chronic diseases (the leading causes of death), health disparities, and other complex community health issues.

community participation, public health, CDC, disease, health, engagement California Link
Community Organizing Handbook- 3rd Edition CCESL

The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning embraces the vision, values and mission of the University of Denver. Whether training students, offering faculty development programs or accomplishing our work with communities, CCESL's work is grounded in principles of community-engaged scholarship and teaching as well as in the community organizing model.

community-engagement, students, faculty, issues, organizing, handbook National Link
Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework NACRP

The opportunity for increasing community resilience is in the very process of developing a plan when those who are most vulnerable are at the heart of society’s efforts to build a resilient future. We consider this a “living framework” as this is a relatively new field of practice, and expect that the framework will be refined and expand as the field evolves

vision, power, building, solutions development, capacity National 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
Essential Actions for Climate Resilience in Local Health Departments National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Climate change is a serious public health issue. Communities affected by environmental injustices and socioeconomic inequities are disproportionately at risk from health impacts of climate change. Local health departments (LHDs) are uniquely positioned to identify and communicate the human health risks of climate change and develop interventions that reduce these risks to improve health and promote equity. This document suggests actions for local public health authorities to begin examining the local health impacts of climate change.

climate change, public health, climate change adaptation, environmental justice, intervention National 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
Fourth National Climate Assessment NCA

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) assesses the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century. Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities. The impacts of global climate change are already being felt in the United States and are projected to intensify in the future—but the severity of future impacts will depend largely on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changes that will occur.

assessment, climate, impacts, communities, reduction, agriculture National Link
Global Climate Action Summit GCAS

The Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action. It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement. The decarbonization of the global economy is in sight. Transformational changes are happening across the world and across all sectors as a result of technological innovation, new and creative policies and political will at all levels. States and regions, cities, businesses and investors are leading the charge on pushing down global emissions by 2020, setting the stage to reach net zero emissions by midcentury.​​

climate action, decarbonization, global economy, policies National/Global Link
Guide to Equitable Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Urband Sustainability Directors Network

Climate change is one of the most critical and complex challenges that society faces today. Even while climate change affects everyone, not all people are impacted equally. People of color, immigrants, refugees, and lower-income populations experience increased exposure and sensitivity to climate hazards and a reduced capacity to adapt. As local governments plan and implement their response to climate change, an opportunity exists to create stronger, more equitable communities for everyone.

community, equitable, equality, climate change, tribal, immigrants, refugees National Link
Health and climate change toolkit for project managers World Health Organization

The climate change and health toolkit is a one-stop resource containing key resources that address climate change and health issues. It is intended for planners, policy makers, and those working at the policy/practice interface. We will keep this resource updated with the latest publications.

health, climate change, planning, adaptation, vulnerability assessments International Link
Health and Climate Solutions Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline Passed 02/08/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. Through this funding opportunity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to develop and amplify the evidence around a set of approaches that improve community health and well-being and advance health equity, while also addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation. Eligible, local approaches can focus on one or more of a range of determinants of health—including, but not limited to: air quality; energy sources; transportation or mobility design; food and water systems; housing; and health systems. There will be two optional webinars for interested applicants on January 7, 2019 at 12 pm Pacific and January 15, 2019 at 5 pm Pacific

health, health equity, climate change, climate change impacts National Link
Health Departments are on Climate Change's Front Lines ensia

From extreme heat to mosquito-borne diseases, climate change is having a huge public health impact. Can health departments keep up?

health, climate change, extreme weather events, public health, adaptation 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
Health Impacts of Climate Change (Training Webinars) United Nations UNCC

This website provides publications and training webinars that cover the health impacts of climate change.

Public Health, climate change, training, adaptation, resilience International Link
Healthy Planet, Healthy People TEDx Talks

For too long we've put health and the environment in different boxes. The work of our generation is to bridge the two, to understand that in fact, they belong in the same box--that planetary health defines human health--and that as we improve one, we will improve the other as well.

Public Health, environmental health, climate change Canada, National Link
Inclusive Public Engagement ILG

Local governments throughout California have experienced a variety of benefits thanks to inclusive public engagement. ILG provides tipsheets and resources to effectively plan and implement inclusive engagement strategies. These resources range from the benefits of, and steps for planning successful engagement and specialized approaches to issues such as budgeting, land use, immigrant engagement, and economic development.

local, governments, public, engagement, planning, land use, economic California Link
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
Indigenous Health Indicators Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

The overarching aims of the project are to create and test a set of community-based indicators of indigenous health specific to Native American tribal communities in the Puget Sound/ Salish Sea region of the Pacific Northwest. Indigenous Health Indicators (IHIs) are necessary because current U.S. government public health regulations and policies are based on a position that views risks and impacts as objective measures of dose-response assessments and physiological morbidity or mortality outcomes but does not otherwise connect them to social or cultural beliefs and values integral to Native American definitions of health.

Public health, Tribal Health, TK, Environmental Health, Climate Change, data Washington, Puget Sound, Pacific Northwest 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
Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Public Health Practice: Using Adaptive Management to... Environmental Health Perspectives

"Climate change is expected to have a range of health impacts, some of which are already apparent. Public health adaptation is imperative, but there has been little discussion of how to increase adaptive capacity and resilience in public health systems."

Public Health, climate change, adaptation, planning, mitigation National Link
International Association for Public Participation IAP2

IAP2 is an international association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation / public engagement in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world. Our mission is to advance and extend the practice of public participation through professional development, certification, standards of practice, core values, advocacy and key initiatives with strategic partners around the world.

public, participation, engagement, advocacy, International Link
Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences (R21) DHHS, NIH

Deadline passed 09/03/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is intended to support environmental health research in which an unpredictable event provides a limited window of opportunity to collect human biological samples or environmental exposure data. The primary motivation of the FOA is to understand the consequences of natural and man-made disasters or emerging environmental public health threats in the U.S. and abroad. A distinguishing feature of an appropriate study is the need for rapid review and funding (substantially shorter than the typical NIH grant review/award cycle) in order for the research question to be addressed and swiftly implemented. The shortened timeframe will be achieved by more frequent application due dates and expediting peer review, council concurrence and award issuance. The entire cycle, from submission to award, is expected to be within 3-4 months.

environmental health, research, disaster preparedness, environmental exposure, public health National Link
Multsoving at the Intersection of Climate and Health; Lessons from Success Stories Climate Interactive

By leveraging cross-sectoral collaboration, it is possible to design and implement projects that improve local health, produce financial savings, and advance long-term climate goals all at once. These
“multisolving” initiatives deliver improvements in multiple sectors with the same investment of time, money, or political will, thus saving money, meeting multiple needs, and empowering diverse constituencies.

health, climate change, climate change adaptation, community health International 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
NEHA Climate and Health Funding Opportunity NEHA, CDC

Deadline Passed 12/28/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to offer two $10,000 grants to support state, local, or tribal governmental environmental health agencies to translate climate and health data into a format that is available and useful to their residents and staff. These demonstration grants will support agencies that are already working with their local or state climate and health data or using the CDC BRACE framework. The purpose of these grants are to advance the efforts of environmental health departments or agencies to use their data to inform efforts to adapt to climate change.

environmental health, health agencies, climate data, health data, BRACE Framwork, climate change, adaptation National Link
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

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