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NIHB Announces Climate and Health Learning Community

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Do you work on Tribal climate health? Is climate change important for your Tribe? The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) hosts a Climate and Health Learning Community which will offer resources and activities for learning, networking, and information sharing related to Tribal climate health. Activities may include webinars and an optional in-person event at NIHB's Tribal Public Health Summit. NIHB will offer a certificate to each learning community member who attends at least two of the community calls or webinars. To sign up for the learning community, click here to join the Climate List, then look for emails coming soon about learning community activities. There are also opportunities if you are willing to present about a topic of expertise or share your Tribe's climate and health work in a webinar or spotlight article hosted by NIHB. Email [email protected] to learn more about sharing your work or if you have questions about the learning community.

More events coming soon! To share your suggestions and feedback for the future webinars, or if you are interested in presenting about your work or another topic relevant to climate change, please complete this survey or email [email protected].

Webinar: Programs and Resources from the National Environmental Health Association

A Climate and Health Learning Community Event
Wednesday, June 19 from 1-2 pm ET

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) will present on their work, resources and opportunities for Tribes (such as education opportunities and credentials), opportunities for collaboration, openings for the climate and health committee, and more. Read more here:

Webinar: Climate Change and Indoor Air Quality

A Climate and Health Learning Community Event
Friday, June 14 from 1-2 pm ET

The National Indian Health Board is pleased to announce another Climate and Health Learning Community webinar, Climate Change and Indoor Air Quality.

In this webinar, presenters will explore three methods for communicating risk and reducing exposure during wildfires. With increasing frequency and severity of wildfires, in addition to ongoing woodsmoke challenges, thousands of Tribal families are impacted by unhealthy ambient and indoor air quality. The Tribal Healthy Homes Network and the Tulalip Tribes will provide new research and practices that they are testing in the field (residential, school and worksite) to protect human health. Read more here:

Enhancing Relationships between Tribal and State Governments

A Climate and Health Learning Community Event
Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 3-4 pm ET

Cross-jurisdictional collaboration between Tribes and states is critical, especially during an environmental health crisis, which oftentimes forces different entities to work together towards a common goal. Having a positive existing relationship and effective communication channels is vital to a successful response. During this webinar, participants will hear from both Tribal and state health department representatives that are taking a proactive approach to collaboration by convening in-person Tribal environmental health summits. Read more here:

Climate and Health Learning Community In-Person Networking Event

A Special Event at the Tribal Public Health Summit (and a Climate and Health Learning Community Event)
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 5-6:30 pm in Albuquerque, NM

NIHB is excited to announce a special event taking place at the National Tribal Public Health Summit in Albuquerque, NM. This event is hosted as part of NIHB's Climate and Health Learning Community. This event at the Summit is an opportunity to bring together learning community members (and others interested in joining) for an informal meeting to foster peer learning, information sharing, and relationship building. Set up as speed networking, this event will pair you repeatedly with different individuals for a brief introduction and discussion. NIHB will provide some sample questions for you to discuss, but feel free to talk about whatever you'd like - for example, how climate change is affecting your Tribe/the Tribe where you work, what type of work your Tribe/community is doing or would like to do to address climate change, and what types of partnerships have been valuable for your work. This event is sponsored by the Sierra Club: Rio Grande Chapter! Thanks to their generous sponsorship, this event will also include refreshments. The networking event is free to attend, but registration is required and space is limited.

Click here to access the registration form and follow instructions to email back to NIHB.

Learn more about the event here:

Environmental Health & Climate Track, 10th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit

Monday-Wednesday, May 13-15, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tribal Public Health Summit

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce the 10th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit, taking place May 13-15, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The National Tribal Public Health Summit is a premiere Indian public health event that attracts over 500 Tribal public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates, researchers, and community-based service providers. This year’s Summit will host an Environmental Health and Climate Change track and an in-person Learning Community event. The Summit will also feature dynamic national speakers, interactive workshops and roundtable discussions, a welcome reception, the annual Special Diabetes Program for Indians poster session, a morning fitness event, culture night, as well as the presentation of the 2019 Native Public Health Innovation awards!

Environmental Health and Climate Change Track

Environmental health focuses on the interrelationships between people and their environment with an emphasis on promoting human health and well-being, and fostering healthy and safe communities. Environmental stressors, from both the natural and built environment and climate change pose unique risks for AI/AN populations across Indian Country. These stressors can affect everything from fish and animal migration patterns to water availability and sanitation, allergen levels, air pollution, severe weather occurrences, physical and mental health problems, prevalence of vector borne disease, and a multitude of other factors. Facing these and other challenges are an important component of maintaining holistic health. Topics for this track can include, but are not limited to, topics such as:

  • Best practices in public health interventions for environmental health;
  • Research on environmental health in Tribal communities;
  • Assessments, including developing climate impact assessments for Tribal communities;
  • Developing climate and health adaptation plans;
  • Subsistence strategies to face changing environments;
  • Environmental health and cancer;
  • Water, food, and land security;
  • The relationship between health and industry, energy, and pollution;
  • Mitigating vector-borne diseases;
  • Projects that demonstrate the health effects of climate change or environmental health;
  • Housing and health (mold, asthma, flooding, heating with woodstove indoors, constructive materials); and
  • Protective and resiliency factors in environmental health.

A final list of sessions will be listed on the conference website’s draft agenda.

Interested in Attending? Or just want to learn more?

Learn more about the National Tribal Public Health Summit on the conference website:

The website will continually be updated in the weeks and months leading up to the conference. It contains, or will contain, information on topics such as registration, fees, the draft agenda, hotel and lodging, location, and special events. You can also learn about exhibiting at the conference or submitting a nomination for the Native Public Health Innovation Award.

Tribal Health and Climate Change Webinar

A Climate and Health Learning Community Event AND National Tribal Public Health Week Activity
Monday, April 1, 2019 from 4-5 pm ET

This webinar, presented by NIHB staff, will describe the basics of climate change and how it is affecting Tribal communities. The webinar will also give a brief overview of NIHB's Climate Ready Tribes Project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more here:

Spotlight on Tribal Climate Adaptation in the Mountain States

A Climate and Health Learning Community Event
Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 3-4 pm ET

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Idaho) and Blackfeet Nation (Montana) will present a webinar for NIHB about climate change’s impacts on their communities and how they are leading adaptation work in response! This is the first webinar hosted as part of the Climate and Health Learning Community – which is open to anyone. Learn more about the webinar and the learning community here:









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NIHB Contact:

Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle, JD
Director of Public Health Policy and Programs

National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-507-4089
[email protected]


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