TCHP’s Data Development Work
The Pala Band of Mission Indians’ Tribal Climate Health Project is Making Resilience Data More Accessible for U.S. Tribes
In the past six years, the Pala Band of Mission Indians’ Tribal Climate Health Project (TCHP) has leveraged funding from EPA, BIA, and CDC for capacity building and dataset development initiatives designed to make it easier for Tribes to address unique their health and other climate vulnerabilities using both western science and traditional knowledge.
Exposures, Impacts and Strategies (EISI) Tool
Through our capacity building work, we quickly recognized that trainings would not be enough to help under-resourced US 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 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. The program developed a customizable Excel-based tool called the Exposures, Impacts, and Strategies Inventory (EISI) tool, and made it available for free download so Tribes don’t have to start from scratch when beginning their adaptation planning processes. Read more and access TCHP’s Exposures, Impacts, and Strategies Inventory (EISI) tool.
Intertribal Resilience Data Development
Beyond continuing to develop the EISI tool, the TCHP has been awarded BIA Tribal Resilience funding for three consecutive grant projects aimed at continuing to scale up our work to help tribes across the country more easily access health and other data to support their climate resilience efforts.
- Scalable San Diego Intertribal Resilience Data Development Project (2019-2021)
- Scaling Up SoCal Intertribal Resilience Data Development Project (2020-2022)
- Threading Through California Intertribal Resilience Data Development Project (2021-2023)
Each of these projects allows us to collaborate with a small group of California Tribes to access adaptation data needs, obtain new datasets, and build national tribal capacity through presentations and collaborative meetings with data providers and partner organizations. We thank our Tribal partners for their participation and advice. The 10 Southern California Tribes PMBI is currently assisting through its current BIA-funded dataset development projects have received significant vulnerability data, including new heath datasets from the California Tribal Epidemiology Center, which provided Tribes at least five years of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) data to assess trends in mental health, health status, and community social cohesion. Other findings improved access to wildfire exposure data and health effects such as allergies, heat-related illness, and storm-related injuries. The 10 Tribes are also providing insights into remaining gaps in the data required for effective Tribal adaptation planning due to accessibility, geographic scale, or lack of research. For example, health incident data is typically gathered on the county scale and not always tied to the extreme event, e.g., respiratory illness rates due to wildfire smoke. These project findings are being used to further develop the EISI dataset tool, a data needs list, and replicable health dataset request protocols that are being distributed in California and the U.S. For example, TCHP hosted a training on Accessing Tribal Climate and Health Resilience Data (recorded May 5, 2021) and produced a companion guide called “Accessing Tribal Climate and Health Resilience Data: A Step-by-Step Guide.”
National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup (NTRDW)
As of June 2021, we are facilitating the National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup (NTRDW). The NTRDW is comprised of over 50 experts from across the country that are collaborating on identify solutions that help tribes more easily access meaningful climate vulnerability and resilience data. Recordings of NTRDW meetings are provided below.
Meeting #1: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, June 9, 2021
Meeting #2: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, July 14, 2021
Meeting #3: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, August 11, 2021
Meeting #4: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, September 8, 2021
Meeting #5: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, October 13, 2021
Meeting #6: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, November 10, 2021
Meeting #7: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, December 8, 2021
Meeting #8: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, January 12, 2022
Meeting #9: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, February 9, 2022
Meeting #10: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, March 9, 2022
Meeting #11: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, April 13, 2022
Meeting #12: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, June 8, 2022
Meeting #13: National Tribal Resilience Data Workgroup, August 10, 2022