November is Tribal and Indigenous Health Month

#ClimateChangesHealth

Year of Climate Change and Health

"The responsibility of being a good relative is to act now and to become engaged in protecting Mother Earth. We have to do our part in our homes, in our work, in our communities and engage with the lawmakers that govern where we live." -- Jennifer Irving, Oglala Sioux Tribe

We need national attention focused on the environmental injustices and lack of health equity that affect American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

Climate change significantly impacts tribal air, water and food. It has resulted in: rising coastal water levels; more frequent forest and grass fires; increased pests and vector-borne disease; more extreme weather conditions; decreased food availability; lower inland water and underground aquifer levels and non-native plant encroachment.

Weather pattern changes and warming waters can disrupt traditional ways of life by threatening the health of local plants and animals. This affects the ability of Native communities to access traditional food sources and medicines and perform traditional ceremonies.

As climate change increases the frequency and severity of extreme weather, pollution of surface waters — including reservoirs, lakes and streams — becomes more of a concern. Climate change is predicted to decrease snowpack, which threatens the availability of these surface waters as well.

To combat the effects of climate change, many tribal communities are looking to their own cultural knowledge and practices. Over generations, American Indian/Alaska Native people have gained a key understanding of the connection between human interaction with the environment and its impacts on human health and well-being.

This traditional ecological knowledge provides tribal communities with a holistic view of climate change effects and a unique approach to interpreting climate research. And the knowledge is an essential resource for anticipating climate change impacts and designing adaptation responses in tribal communities that include identifying food substitutions, adjusting hunting and fishing cycles and practices and more. Working in partnership with Native communities, including the 567 federally recognized tribes in the U.S., is essential to moving forward.

From Public Health Newswire: Climate changes tribal and indigenous health*

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YEAR OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH MONTHLY THEMES

Month  Theme
January Introduction to the Year of Climate Change and Health
February Climate Justice and Health
March Clean Energy
April Transportation and Healthy Community Design
May Air Quality, Lung and Heart Health
June Mental Wellness and Resilience
July Agriculture and Food Safety and Security
August Water Quality
September Extreme Weather
October Vulnerable Populations, Focus on Children
November  Tribal and Indigenous Health
December Co-benefits
EVENTS

Year of Climate Change and Health Calendar of Events (PDF) 

Nov. 4-8, 2017: APHA Annual Meeting and Expo, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health"

Nov. 20, 1017: Webinar — Water is Life: Native American Leaders at the Forefront of Environmental Health

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PARTNERS
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AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH ARTICLES

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