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About the Climate Ready Tribes (CRT) Initiative

The National Indian Health Board aims to build the capacity of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes to identify, assess, and take action to mitigate climate-related health threats.

Tribal communities are particularly vulnerable to the health effects associated with climate change. It is clear that preparing, mitigating, and adapting for climate change effects is important. Communities that have high vulnerability and exposure to climate hazards are at far greater risk than those with more capacity and resources to effectively deal with adverse climate-related health effects.

The Climate Ready Tribes Initiative currently has three primary activities:

  • Funding Tribes to conduct local climate health work or research – up to six Tribes receive funding amounts of $5000 or $50,000
  • Hosting an Environmental Health and Climate Track at the Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit – Tribal work and stories are highlighted in a national forum and up to five track presenters receive travel scholarships
  • Sharing materials including NIHB, awardee, partner, and general resources, information, and opportunities, largely through the Climate and Health Learning Community
  • Climate Ready Tribes is a part of NIHB’s nationally-focused public health program and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn more about the Climate Ready Tribes Initiative on the "events" and "resources" pages.

    “This is another piece of the climate change puzzle that will further add to the complete picture for Tribes to share the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) alongside new climate health information. Tribes are working hand in hand with climate change experts, and will gain additional knowledge to correlate climate-related health impacts among Native people.”
    Gerald Wagner, Director, Blackfeet Environmental Office
    2016-2018 CRT Awardee


    NIHB Contacts:

    Brett Weber, MPA
    Environmental Health Programs Director

    National Indian Health Board
    50 F St NW, Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20001
    Phone: 202-507-4086
    [email protected]


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National Indian Health Board
50 F St NW, Suite 600 | Washington, DC 20001 | Phone: 202-507-4070 | Email: [email protected]