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Learning Community Networking Event at Tribal Public Health Summit, 2019

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.



Recording Now Available: Health Education & Communication in Indian Country, A Climate and Health Learning Community Event

Please click here to view a recording of a webinar conducted by the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) on June 23, 2020: Health Education and Communication in Indian Country. This webinar was presented by Hannabah Blue with the JSI Research and Training Institute, and discussed best practices in conducting health education and communication in Indian Country; tools and resources that Tribal health professionals have used successfully; and how COVID-19 and other barriers can be overcome to ensure Tribal public health professionals can connect and engage with community members successfully.

The slides from this webinar are available here.

Audience

This webinar recording is available to any interested person, but is likely most relevant to people who want to learn more about how to conduct effective education and communication activities to increase Indian Country's engagement with public health programs and understanding of the importance of public health. This may include:

  • Tribal employees working in community outreach positions;
  • Public Health professionals interested in learning more about effective communication practices; or
  • Tribal staff wanting to learn more about successful methods to conduct effective health education activities during a pandemic.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about best practices in conducting health education and communication in Indian Country.
  • Become familiar with tools and resources that Tribal health professionals have used successfully.
  • Discover how COVID-19 and other barriers can be overcome to ensure Tribal public health professionals can connect and engage with community members successfully.”


Recording Now Available: Public Health and Clean Air A Climate and Health Learning Community Event

Please click here to view a recording of a webinar conducted by the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) on June 04, 2020: Public Health and Clean Air. This webinar described the connection between air quality and community health outcomes, as well as provide an overview of tools and resources available to Tribes and Tribal public health officials to monitor and improve air quality. This webinar is a Climate and Health Learning Community event and was presented by Wilfred Nabahe, Chairman of the National Tribal Air Association.

Audience
This webinar is available to any interested person, but is likely most relevant to people who want an introduction to the principles of advocacy and how to apply these principles in the area of Tribal environmental health. This may include:

  • Tribal employees working in climate health positions;
  • Public Health staff interested in resources related to air quality; or
  • Tribal advocates wanting to learn more the connection between air quality and public health outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the connection between air quality and public health outcomes in Indian Country.
  • Provide an overview of the Clean Air Act and how air quality is monitored throughout the country.
  • Examine tools and resources available to Tribes for air quality monitoring and improvement.



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].



Recording Now Available: How to Be an Effective Tribal Environmental Health Advocate A Climate and Health Learning Community Event

Please click here to view a recording of a webinar conducted by the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) on May 14, 2020: How to Be an Effective Tribal Environmental Health Advocate. This webinar will describe the basic principles of effective advocacy and how they apply to Tribal environmental health.

Audience
This webinar is available to any interested person, but is likely most relevant to people who want an introduction to the principles of advocacy and how to apply these principles in the area of Tribal environmental health. This may include:

  • Tribal employees working in climate change or climate health positions;
  • Public Health staff interested in tips for effective advocacy; or
  • Tribal advocates wanting to learn more about the need for advocacy in the Tribal environmental health space.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how advocacy can lead to improvements in Tribal environmental health
  • Understand the basics of the federal legislative process
  • Develop skills in working with decision makers on Tribal environmental health issues in a nonpartisan manner.



Environmental Health & Climate Change Track & Travel Scholarships for the 11th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB)'s 11th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit will take place in Omaha, Nebraska, March 17-19, 2020.

NIHB is pleased to announce that the Summit will again offer an Environmental Health & Climate Change track. Public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates, researchers, community-based service providers, and others working in Tribal climate change or environmental health are invited to attend this premiere Indian health event. View the conference website to learn more, register to attend, view the draft agenda, and more.

The following is a description of the Environmental Health & Climate Change track with examples of appropriate topics.

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. Abstracts in 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.

Thank you to those of you who submitted proposals for the climate and environmental health track. A limited number of travel scholarships are available for track presenters. The scholarship request form contains detailed information about the scholarship opportunity. Download the scholarship request form to learn more or apply.

If you are interested in presenting your work at a future event, NIHB hosted a webinar November 2019 about writing an abstract, submitting a proposal, designing measurable learning objectives, and creating an effective and interactive presentation. Watch the recording.



Webinar: Polishing your PowerPoint

A Climate and Health Learning Community Event
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 1-2 pm ET (12 pm CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT, and 9 am AK)

Have you ever sat through a PowerPoint presentation with slides that are hard to read, too wordy, or confusing? Was that presentation yours? Become a PowerPoint pro by learning how to use it to enhance your presentation rather than distract from it. This webinar will provide advice, tips, techniques, and strategies for how to make PowerPoint work for you, rather than the other way around. Making better, more effective presentations is an important tool to share your work and tell your community's story!

Dr. Shasta Gaughen, PhD, Environmental Director for the Pala Band of Mission Indians in California, will present on this important topic.

Learn more or register here!



Webinar: Preparing a Proposal and Presenting at the Tribal Public Health Summit

A Climate and Health Learning Community Event
Monday, November 4, 2019 from 2-3 pm ET (1 pm CT, 12 noon MT, 11 am PT, and 10 am AK)

Are you interested in presenting at the 11th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit? The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting a Climate and Health Learning Community Webinar to help you prepare.

The webinar will provide information about:

  • The Summit (and travel scholarships for Environmental Health & Climate Change track presenters!)
  • Submitting a proposal
  • Writing an abstract
  • TPHS presentation logistics
  • Effective presentation methods
  • Creating effective learning objectives

Sign up for this webinar today and get a jump start on your proposal! This webinar may be helpful for anyone who is considering submitting a proposal, especially if you need extra support with any of the topics listed above. Although focused on the Summit, this webinar also contains more widely-applicable information intended to build capacity to support Tribes in preparing for other conferences or creating learning objectives, abstracts, or presentations for other purposes. Learn more or register here!



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: https://conta.cc/2MiKQqW.



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: https://conta.cc/2QL7EhV.



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: https://conta.cc/2H70OPe



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: https://conta.cc/2XEbKKZ



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: https://cvent.me/BggGm.

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: https://conta.cc/2U2tYs3



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: https://conta.cc/2EHT8lc.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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NIHB Contact:

Brett Weber, MPA
Public Health Policy and Programs Manager

National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Phone: 202-507-4086
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]

 

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