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Climate change and health equity: Tribal challenges and actions

Climate Webinar //


Dec 15 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST


The Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank, in partnership with APHA and with support from CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, hosted a conversation on climate and health in tribal communities.



  • Identified how changes in the climate and have impacted the health and lifeways of tribes.
  • Discussed the importance of climate and health initiatives to mitigate inequity and how tribal governments and tribal-serving organizations can address climate justice; and
  • Presented tribal strategies and frameworks to address climate and health challenges that also reduce future health disparities, celebrate tribal ways of life and traditional, cultural practices.


  • Ivana Castellanos, MPH, Policy Analyst, Environmental Health, APHA Center for Public Health Policy


  • Mariah Norwood, Infectious Disease American Indian Liaison, Minnesota Department of Health


  • Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank Member, Village of Nuiqsut, Alaska
  • Shasta Gaughen, Environmental Director, Pala Band of Mission Indians
  • Larry Campbell (wanaseah), Community Health Specialist, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  • Jamie Donatuto, Environmental Health Analyst, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Questions? Contact the APHA Public Health Policy Center.