The Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank, convened by the American Public Health Association, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently released a report titled “Priorities in Tribal Public Health.” The Think Tank raises awareness about and achieve improvements to the unique public and environmental health challenges faced by the communities they serve. The Think Tank’s efforts revolve around six priority environmental health issues facing tribal communities, all of which are discussed in this report:
- Food sovereignty and access
- Infrastructure and systems development
- Climate and health
- Resource extraction
- Clean air
- Clean water
While highlighting climate change impacts and disruptions to tribal public health, the report also outlines deeply rooted historical, political, social and cultural contexts that affect the health and well being of the 657 federally recognized tribes in the US.