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Exposures, Impacts, and Strategies Inventory (EISI) Tool

Adaptation Planning made EISI!

The Exposures, Impacts, and Strategies Inventory (EISI) tool is a free customizable tool that supports Tribal communities that are conducting adaptation planning. This Microsoft Excel-based tool contains data sources needed at several decision-making steps to help your community prepare to take the most effective actions. The latest version was updated in February 2024.
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Learn more about how your Tribe can benefit from accessing publicly available datasets to adapt to climate change. Use these resources….

Follow along with our Step-by-Step Guidebook! Learn how to request data directly from the California Tribal Epidemiology Center and how to use the EISI Tool to plan for your Tribe.

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Learn how to access Tribal climate and health resilience data!

Laurie Monserrat

Laurie Monserrat

CalEPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)

The EISI tool gives any user the ability to find out where and how to find climate information. Doing vulnerability assessments or even finding quick climate information for grant applications is all there!

Background

In the past six years, the Pala Band of Mission Indians’ Tribal Climate Health Project (TCHP) has leveraged funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Center for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for capacity building and dataset development initiatives designed to make it easier for Tribes to address their unique health and climate vulnerabilities using both Western science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).

Through our capacity-building work, we quickly recognized that trainings would not be enough to help under-resourced Native American Tribes manage the overwhelming burden of data gathering and fact finding needed to make adaptation and resilience decisions. To help Tribes move forward more easily from planning to action, the program has optimized access to meaningful and readily usable external data to support Tribal vulnerability and adaptation planning and supplemental monitoring needs.

The EISI Tool makes Resilience Data more accessible to U.S. Tribes

Across the U.S., Tribes are already facing negative health and other impacts from extreme events and changing climate conditions such as heat-related illness, respiratory illness, water- and food-borne illness, vector-borne disease, and mental and psychosocial effects. Tribe-serving organizations nationwide increasingly recognize the urgent need to enhance access to health and other datasets necessary to help Tribes understand and respond to these growing vulnerabilities.

However, conducting assessments and plans designed to identify and address climate vulnerabilities can involve a tremendous amount of research and analysis. To gain an understanding of how the severity of current and projected risks are expected to affect the Tribe, the types of information gathered often include data on many changing climate conditions and exposures (e.g. heat, storms, wildfire) and the cascading effects on secondary exposures (e.g. air quality, water and food security) and impacts on health and social, natural, and built environments. In addition, there is a wide range of datasets related to community characteristics (e.g. social, economic) that can help a Tribe understand where it may be more sensitive, adaptive or resilient to climate change. This data can come from external sources like state and federal agencies, universities, or from internal Tribal sources such as Tribal council meetings, community events, traditional knowledge, and oral histories. Additionally, existing internal data or reports (e.g., hazard mitigation plans, soil erosion studies, storm records, water quality and air quality records, groundwater level data, transportation studies, and community health assessments) can also inform what steps the Tribe needs to take in the foreseeable future
TCHP recognized that this fact-finding process was overwhelming, costly, and time consuming for thousands of under-resourced U.S. Tribes already on the frontlines of climate change, and trainings and guides alone would not solve the problem. To help Tribes move forward more easily from planning to action, the program has worked to lower the burden of climate information fact-finding by optimizing access to meaningful and readily usable external data to support Tribal adaptation planning and supplemental monitoring needs.

Based on years of reviewing the best literature, research, and national best practices, the EISI tool is designed to provide an inventory of available climate-related indicators and data sources information to make it easier for Tribes to assess and rank possible climate impact vulnerabilities and make decisions about how to address them with adaptation strategies. At the end of the day, the open-access EISI Tool aims to support Tribes with a framework and a repository of data sources, so Tribes don’t have to start from scratch when beginning their adaptation planning processes.

Angie Hacker

Angie Hacker

Prosper Sustainably, Lead Consultant for TCHP

By organizing and sharing what we’ve learned through the EISI tool, we think Tribes can cut out more than half of the external fact-finding heavy lifting involved in early adaptation planning.

If you are gathering information to assess Tribal climate change vulnerability and feeling overwhelmed, the TCHP’s EISI tool is a great place to start!

Latest Update

The functionality of this tool is continuously evolving as TCHP aims to make it more useful and user-friendly for Tribes, but initial users have provided positive feedback. The Pala Band of Mission Indians uses the tool in their own ongoing adaptation planning and supplemental monitoring processes. It has also worked with neighboring Tribes in Southern California to use, test, and refine the tool, and to identify outstanding data gaps. Tribal-serving California State agencies enthusiastically recommend and use the tool when supporting Tribal adaptation planning efforts. To further advance Tribal resilience data access solutions, TCHP facilitates a National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup comprised of experts from across the country and from all sectors. The EISI Tool was last updated on February 2024. The latest update includes more indicators and data sources (National and California specific), including those available from the California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC). Contact ahacker@prospersustainably.com for more information.

Download the EISI Tool

The Exposures, Impacts, and Strategies Inventory (EISI) tool is a free customizable tool that supports Tribal communities that are conducting adaptation planning. This Microsoft Excel-based tool contains data sources needed at several decision-making steps to help your community prepare to take the most effective actions.