Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 14:00
Article Content: 

Webinar - Opportunities for Engaging in and Learning about How to Incorporate Tribal Health into Climate Adaptation Plans

Who: Hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program

Presenters: Dr. Shasta Gaughen; Environmental Director, Pala Band of Mission Indians

Dr. Jamie Donatuto; Community Environmental Health Program, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

When: Wednesday, August 7; 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Online 

What: This webinar is an installment of the Topics in Climate Change Adaptation Planning webinar series hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program http://nau.edu/tribalclimatechange.

Over the past year, we have had the honor of hearing from Drs. Shasta Gaughen and Jamie Donatuto about their efforts to develop accessible tribal health resources and tools. Both have debuted new platforms specific to the impacts of climate change on tribal health, informed by different approaches and lessons learned from previous projects.

Just a day after the first webinar of the Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation Webinar Series, Dr. Gaughen will provide an overview of the Tribal Climate Health Project and how it informed the modules in the current and (just beginning) webinar series. In addition, she will preview the module topics slated for the next 9 webinars. Next, we will hear from Dr. Donatuto, who led a project adapting the Centers for Disease Control’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework to better reflect and assess climate change impacts to health based on Indigenous Health Indicators (IHI). Jamie will share the project’s findings, online educational modules about the IHI in BRACE, and a new project applying the health modules by also engaging tribal representatives.   

For many who are working on their tribal climate change adaptation plan and haven’t considered including tribal health, here’s your chance to learn how to do so. Remember these resources take time to build on your own but with the help from these experienced tribal environmental professionals you will be a step ahead and on your way in building your capacity to address the health impacts of climate change in your community.