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Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation Online Summit: 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.

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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

Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit, Day 1: Welcome (Part 1)

July 13, 2022

Welcoming and overview of the Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit.

Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit, Day 1: Participant Introductions (Part 2)

July 13, 2022

Introductions, understanding resilience, key concepts, Tree of Life activity #1-3

Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit, Day 1: Climate Change and Health Overview (Part 3)

July 13, 2022

Tribal Climate Health Project will provide an introductory overview to how Tribes are affected by the health and other impacts of climate change. Tribal health impacts by exposure including drought, wildfire, temperature extremes, storms and flooding, and melting ice and sea level rise.

Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit, Day 1: Vulnerability Assessments (Part 4)

July 13, 2022

Tribal Climate Health Project will provide brief instruction on the steps to conducting a vulnerability assessment and will guide discussion on sample Tribal vulnerability assessment reports.

Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit, Day 1: Taking Care of Self and Others (Part 5)

July 13, 2022

Interactive opportunity to tend to one’s own heart by participating in personal and peer reflection through the lens of psychosocial resilience and climate change.

Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit, Day 2: Health & Safety Perspectives (Part 1)

July 14, 2022

Representatives of State and Federal agencies will share their perspectives on key health and safety impacts and practices associated with climate change, lessons they have learned in their work with Tribes, and where to go for information and resources when considering climate vulnerabilities.

Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit, Day 2: Latest Research (Part 2)

July 14, 2022

Researchers will share recent findings that are paving the road to greater knowledge and understanding of how Tribes are affected by and addressing climate impacts.

Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit, Day 2: Vulnerability Data Workshop (Part 3)

July 14, 2022

Hands-on workshop to practice finding and using climate and health data.

Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit, Day 2: How to Obtain $ for Adaptation (Part 4)

July 14, 2022

Learn about how to successfully track and pursue relevant grant and other assistance opportunities to support adaptation planning and implementation efforts.

Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit, Day 2: Getting Continued Help (Part 5)

July 14, 2022

Attendees will learn how to get continued help identifying and addressing Tribes’ climate vulnerabilities beyond the summit.

Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit, Day 2: Taking Care of Self and Others (Part 6)

July 14, 2022

Interactive opportunity to tend to one’s own hearts by participating in personal and peer reflection through the lens of psychosocial resilience and climate change.

Feedback from our participants

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The Summit was very informative and well structured.
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The Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit not only gave me tools to assist with the climate and health vulnerabilities of the Tribes I serve, but it opened my eyes to new tools, techniques and ideas to help mitigate climate change. Thank you!
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The TC&HA Summit is an incredible tool and opportunity for those engaged in climate work! Discussing climate change impacts, funding, data, and available resources can be daunting! But this Summit perfectly balances the realities of the work with all the hope and optimism making it possible.
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