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The Tribal Climate Health Project (TCHP) conducts various trainings across the United States for Tribal-serving practitioners to learn more about the exposures and impacts of climate change and how to protect their communities through the development of vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans. View our full suite of recorded trainings and supplemental resources to support your climate resilience efforts!

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November 2024

2024 Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit

Taking Action to Protect Health from Wildfire, Drought, and Heat Disasters

Join us Fall of 2024 for the annual Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation Summit at the Pala Spa and Casino.

From dangerous air to uncertain water supply, U.S. Tribes have been increasingly and disproportionately affected by more intense wildfire, drought, and heat, resulting from a changing climate. Throughout this two-day training, Tribal-serving professionals working at the intersection of climate change, health, and community well-being will participate in interactive instruction and peer-to-peer learning activities that will build knowledge about developing, implementing, and evaluating adaptation plan strategies that safeguard Tribal health and are rooted in traditional knowledge and values.

Registration will be available soon.

November 2023

2023 Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit

Tribal serving practitioners and partners from across the country dedicated two days to coming together to learn and teach about climate and health adaptation. In addition to training each other, we shared, helped, and connected. We remembered. We held space for hard feelings. We prayed. We celebrated and recognized strengths, leadership, and progress. We breathed, stretched, walked, and rested.

November 2022

Tribes, Health, and Climate Change Short-Video Series

The Tribal Climate Health Project (TCHP) is proud to introduce the Tribes, Health, and Climate Change Short-Video Series, an eight-part, self-paced, video training series. This training focuses on the trends and impacts of the five climate change exposures (storms and flooding, drought, temperature extremes, wildfire, and melting ice and sea level rise) by highlighting Tribal case studies and adaptation best practices to support Tribal practitioners implement the adaptation strategies needed to prevent harmful health effects and safeguard a more resilient community. Learn about the basics of extreme events and harmful environmental trends to consider the ways your community’s physical, mental, socio-economic, spiritual and cultural health and well-being can be affected by a changing climate.

November 2022 – October 2023

Tribal Health and Adaptation Peer-Learning Roundtable Webinars: Monthly Advanced Training

For the last 6 years, the Tribal Climate Health Project has been developing training to help Tribes begin to prepare, cope, build resilience to, and recover from the health and other impacts of climate change.  With so much at risk, much more support is needed, especially for those Tribes that lack sufficient resources to conduct this work. At the same time, we recognize that some Tribes across the US are on their way, having identified their key climate vulnerabilities and begun implementing planned adaptation and resilience strategies. They are often forging ahead where there is no textbook and would benefit from special support, ideas, and lesson sharing with peers as they continue to blaze the trail.

Audience
This advanced training from the Tribal Climate Health Project is for Tribal-serving practitioners, including environmental and health professionals, who have gained some level of transferable, real-world climate and health knowledge and experience through their work with Tribes. This training is open to Tribes and Tribal-serving professionals throughout the United States who work within the intersections of climate change, health, and community well-being.

Details
This webinar series consists of 12 monthly 2-hour webinars that will further advance the knowledge, skills, and networks of Tribes that have already begun to adapt to climate change. The training will include step-by-step instruction (including emerging scientific findings), tools, and templates on advanced health adaptation topics but will largely feature interactive discussions among participants and guest speakers. Participants will be invited to contribute to live conversations as well as to “wisdom wells,” designed in online sharing platforms (such as Mural) to share peer knowledge easily, advice, lessons learned, tips, templates, and resources on specific training topics. The wisdom wells will be made accessible to tribal practitioners nationally at all stages in the adaptation planning process to help them avoid pitfalls and apply lessons learned to prepare more actionable health adaptation plans from the start.

July 13 - 14, 2022

Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation Online Summit: Getting to the Heart of Climate Vulnerability

Theme: Getting to the Heart of Climate Vulnerability

Tribes across the US are very attuned to the cascading and interconnected impacts of climate change on their lands and health, from changing water patterns to more intense and frequent wildfires. As costs continue to stack up in dollars, lives, damage to cultural and natural resources, and other losses, the urgency to prepare for these impacts is greater than ever. These heartbreaking losses are affecting the wellbeing of Tribal citizens, and also weighing heavily on the overwhelmed professionals responsible for protecting them. The first step in protecting Tribal health and wellbeing from the impacts of climate change is often to conduct a vulnerability assessment to identify the community’s biggest risks and concerns. However, this step can be a big obstacle for under-resourced communities, particularly given the time-consuming nature of fact-finding and community engagement. Those who have assessed their vulnerability may not have had the resources to look deeper into vulnerabilities associated with health and wellbeing.

Why attend?

This two-day, in-person training will help arm up to 50 Tribal-serving professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to get to the heart of the unique climate and health vulnerabilities of the Tribes they serve, while also offering space for participants to attend to their own hearts through personal reflection and peer connection. The interactive training format will feature expert speakers, facilitated discussions, and hands-on learning activities to help deepen understanding of the effects of climate change on Tribal health and wellbeing. The summit will help practitioners ready their hearts and minds to develop well-informed vulnerability assessments that best reflect their community’s concerns, culture, and aspirations and lead to the most meaningful adaptation decisions.

Objectives

Attendees will:

  • Learn the steps of conducting vulnerability assessments that include a focus on health and wellbeing
  • Build knowledge of best practices, options, and examples related to gathering and weaving together data, traditional knowledge, and community perspectives, managing interdepartmental coordination, and reporting findings
  • Deepen their understanding of the linkages between health and climate change, including emerging research topics
  • Participate in peer discussions to exchange knowledge and experiences
  • Engage in guided sessions that promote personal connection and reflections

April 21, 2021 | May 19, 2021 | June 16, 2021

Tribal Wellbeing Adaptation Webinar Mini-Series: Getting Ahead of Climate Trauma

Tribal-serving professionals are doing their best to prepare Tribes for the impacts of climate change ranging from hardening infrastructure to protecting wildlife. But have we forgotten to safeguard our wellbeing? While communities across the US are already suffering climate-related impacts to mental health and wellbeing, there is a lot we can do to better brace ourselves for the future.

Hosted by the Pala Band of Mission Indian’s Tribal Climate Health Project, this interactive three-part webinar series will help arm tribal-serving professionals with knowledge and skills to build psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual resilience in tribal communities before the next wildfire, flood, or other emergency hits.  Join peers and expert speakers to discuss emerging research, innovative perspectives, and actionable strategies.

Webinar 1: What does climate stress and trauma look like to tribes? Features Dr. Douglas Walker from Mercy Family Center (April 21, 2021)

Webinar 2: Cascading climate disruptions, collective trauma, and community-based approaches to prevention and healing features Bob Doppelt from The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG). (May 19, 2021)

Webinar 3: Using the Community Resiliency Model to Enhance Wellbeing features Elaine Miller Karas, from the Trauma Resource Institute. (June 16, 2021)

May 5, 2021

Tribal Climate Data Webinar: Accessing Tribal Climate and Health Resilience Data

Are you gathering information to assess tribal climate change vulnerability and feeling overwhelmed? This is the right event for you!

The Pala Band of Mission Indians’ Tribal Climate Health Project invites California Tribal-serving professionals working in climate resilience to join us for a learning opportunity.

At this webinar, we will share the results of recent BIA-funded work aimed at making it easier for tribes to access useful data to inform decisions about climate and health resilience.  Attendees will be introduced to tools to support efficient fact-finding for their vulnerability assessment efforts, including a simple protocol for requesting data on climate-relevant indicators from our project partners at the California Tribal Epidemiology Center.

June 17, 2020

Climate Resilience Webinars

Climate change is putting Southern California’s tribal communities at an increased risk for heat, drought, severe weather, and wildfires. As tribal environmental professionals, it is our job to understand these risks and help develop plans for adapting to climate change threats. Addressing the mental and emotional impacts of climate change is an important part of developing individual and community psychosocial resilience. The Pala Environmental Department’s Tribal Climate Health Project team invites you to attend a professional training webinar where you can learn and share techniques to protect emotional health and wellness as part of your climate change adaptation planning. This training features expert guest speaker, Dr. Douglas Walker (Licensed Psychologist), who will conduct a training on non-clinical strategies tribal staff and partner agencies can use to build psychosocial resilience on tribal lands to better cope, connect, and recover before, during, and after a disaster.

January-August 2020

Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation Regional Cohort Training Series

Some of the most tragic impacts of climate change are projected to come in the form of illness, injury, and death, which will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable members of a community. A comprehensive tribal climate change adaptation plan can help a Native American tribal community better understand, prepare for, and protect against such impacts. However, many adaptation plans place greater emphasis on environmental, infrastructural, or other issues and do not adequately analyze human health concerns. This may be because there can be an overwhelming amount of potential human health impacts and limited resources to obtain, understand, or analyze this information.

The training will provide steps, tools, templates, case studies, and other resources that seek to streamline the adaptation planning process and make it easier for tribal health and environmental professionals to understand and address human health exposures and impacts within tribal communities. This training will summarize the latest data and literature on the exposures and impacts of climate change that may impact the health of tribal community members. It will also describe how to identify and select appropriate strategies to address these exposures and impacts.

This training originates from the Tribal Climate Health Project (TCHP), a grant funded project being administered by the Pala Band of Mission Indians and the Pala Environmental Department (PED) to help tribal communities across the country build capacity to address the health impacts of climate change.

August-December 2019

National Webinar Training Series

Some of the most tragic impacts of climate change are projected to come in the form of illness, injury, and death, which will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable members of a community. A comprehensive tribal climate change adaptation plan can help a Native American tribal community better understand, prepare for, and protect against such impacts. However, many adaptation plans place greater emphasis on environmental, infrastructural, or other issues and do not adequately analyze human health concerns. This may be because there can be an overwhelming amount of potential human health impacts and limited resources to obtain, understand, or analyze this information.

The training will provide steps, tools, templates, case studies, and other resources that seek to streamline the adaptation planning process and make it easier for tribal health and environmental professionals to understand and address human health exposures and impacts within tribal communities. This training will summarize the latest data and literature on the exposures and impacts of climate change that may impact the health of tribal community members. It will also describe how to identify and select appropriate strategies to address these exposures and impacts.

This training originates from the Tribal Climate Health Project (TCHP), a grant funded project being administered by the Pala Band of Mission Indians and the Pala Environmental Department (PED) to help tribal communities across the country build capacity to address the health impacts of climate change.

June 5-6, 2019

Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation Workshop

Some of the most tragic impacts of climate change are projected to come in the form of illness, injury, and death, which will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable members of a community. A comprehensive tribal climate change adaptation plan can help Native American tribal communities better understand, prepare for, and protect against such impacts. However, many adaptation plans place greater emphasis on environmental, infrastructural, or other issues and do not adequately analyze human health concerns. This may be because there can be an overwhelming amount of potential human health impacts and limited resources to obtain, understand, or analyze this information.

This 2-day, interactive training will provide steps, tools, templates, case studies, and other resources that seek to streamline the adaptation planning process and make it easier for tribal health and environmental professionals to understand and address human health exposures and impacts within tribal communities. This training will summarize the latest data and literature on the exposures and impacts of climate change that may impact the health of tribal community members. It will also describe how to identify and select appropriate strategies to address these exposures and impacts.

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