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Save the date for the 2024 Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation Summit

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

2024 TCHP Summit

November 6-7, 2024 | Pala Casino, Spa & Resort

Save the dates of November 6th and 7th, 2024 for the annual Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation Summit at the Pala Casino, Spa & Resort

From hazardous 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. Many Tribes are not just planning but acting in real time to protect the health and wellbeing of their community. This Summit brings together experts and practitioners in Tribal health and climate adaptation to explore emerging and successful strategies that address the physical, mental, socioeconomic, and cultural and spiritual health and wellbeing of Tribes. Building upon knowledge gained during the 2022 and 2023 Summits, which aimed to help Tribes identify their unique climate and health vulnerabilities (see Summit recordings), and develop plans (see Summit recordings), this year’s Summit turns our attention to the next step in adaptation: taking action, with a focus specifically on wildfire, drought, and heat.  

Why attend?
Guided by the theme “Taking Action to Protect Health from Wildfire, Drought, and Heat Disasters,” the Summit will focus on arming Tribal-serving professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to act on the unique climate and health vulnerabilities of the Tribes they serve.

Throughout this two-day training, Tribal-serving professionals working at the intersection of climate change, health, and community wellbeing will participate in interactive instruction and peer-to-peer learning activities that will build knowledge and about developing, implementing, and evaluating adaptation plan strategies that safeguard Tribal health and are rooted in traditional knowledge and values. Organizers, guest speakers, and attendees will be invited to share recent findings, successful practices, and resources that are increasing Tribal resilience to a variety of climate exposures throughout the US.  Spaces have been curated to help attendees reflect individually and connect with each other. The summit will also recognize Tribes for significant progress championing climate and health adaptation.


Attendees will:  

  • Gain greater knowledge and understanding of how tribes are affected by and addressing impacts associated with wildfire, drought, and heat
  • 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

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Call for Speakers
We are still seeking speakers for certain sessions. If you are with a tribal-serving organization providing relevant research, practices, or support in this area, please contact Angie Hacker (