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About the Tribal Climate Health Project

Mission

We develop learning resources to help Tribes and Tribal-serving professionals safeguard their communities from the health impacts of climate change.

Our mission summary

8 years

Providing capacity-building support to US Tribes

92

Trainings and presentations

8,585+

Views of recorded trainings

About

In 2016, the Pala Band of Mission Indians was awarded a grant from the U.S. EPA under a solicitation called “Building the Capacity of Tribes to Address the Health Impacts of Climate Change.”  The grant funded the development and distribution of online trainings, a resource clearinghouse, and other capacity-building tools that help tribal health and environmental professionals across the nation prepare their communities for the public health impacts of climate change. Pala has since been awarded funding from the US Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Resilience Program and the National Indian Health Board, among others, to expand upon this work..

Pala selected Prosper Sustainably, a consulting firm with extensive Tribal and climate governance experience, to help develop and implement the Tribal Climate Health Project (TCHP). This includes development of curriculum, a resource clearinghouse, and tools and templates that can assist Tribes in assessing their climate and health vulnerabilities and implementing adaptation strategies. Resources offered by the TCHP include this website, online and in-person trainings, and national outreach efforts. The program has provided training to numerous tribal serving professionals. Trainees are invited to participate in continuous engagement through our ongoing learning community.

For additional information about this project, please contact Shasta Gaughen (Pala Environmental Director) or Angie Hacker (Prosper Sustainably).

Training

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.

Project list

Data Development

Tribal Climate Health Project’s data development work is an extension of our climate and health adaptation capacity building and training work, which for seven years, has aimed to make it easier for Tribes to address their unique health and climate vulnerabilities. Through this 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.

Project list

TCHP Partners