Pala Band California PED Environment Climate Health Workshop

Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation Workshop
June 5-6, 2019
Pala Casino Conference Center
Pala, California

Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation Workshop

Some of the most tragic impacts of climate change are projected to come in the form of illness, injury, and death, which will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable members of a community. A comprehensive tribal climate change adaptation plan can help Native American tribal communities better understand, prepare for, and protect against such impacts. However, many adaptation plans place greater emphasis on environmental, infrastructural, or other issues and do not adequately analyze human health concerns. This may be because there can be an overwhelming amount of potential human health impacts and limited resources to obtain, understand, or analyze this information.

This 2-day, interactive training will provide steps, tools, templates, case studies, and other resources that seek to streamline the adaptation planning process and make it easier for tribal health and environmental professionals to understand and address human health exposures and impacts within tribal communities. This training will summarize the latest data and literature on the exposures and impacts of climate change that may impact the health of tribal community members. It will also describe how to identify and select appropriate strategies to address these exposures and impacts.

This training originates from the Pala Environmental Department and the Tribal Climate Health Project (TCHP), a grant-funded initiative awarded to the Pala Band of Mission Indians to help tribal communities across the country build capacity to address the health impacts of climate change. The TCHP is developing a comprehensive online training course and platform for this purpose which includes an extensive and growing clearinghouse of relevant information and resources.

  • Who Should Attend

    Native American and First Nations tribal health, environmental health, environmental, and/or other tribal professionals who may be involved in climate change preparedness and adaptation planning for tribal communities, or who work for organizations that serve tribal communities.

  • Workshop Program

    Day 1

    • Introductions and Overview
    • Understanding Climate Change and Human Health
    • Climate Change Health Impacts and Strategies

    Day 2

    • Assessing Climate Change & Health Vulnerability
    • Preparing a Climate Change & Health Adaptation Plan
    • Implementing a Climate Change & Health Adaptation Plan
  • Learning Objectives

    As a result of the training, trainees are expected to:  

    • Gain a basic understanding of climate change science and projected impacts
    • Be able to clearly communicate the linkages between human health and climate change to tribal leaders and other community members
    • Have working knowledge of climate change health impacts and the strategies being used to address them
    • Possess knowledge and skills needed to develop a climate change vulnerability assessment in tribal communities with a specific focus on health
    • Possess knowledge and skills needed to develop a climate change adaptation plan in tribal communities with a specific focus on health
    • Possess knowledge and skills needed to implement a climate change adaptation plan in tribal communities with a specific focus on health
    • Understand where to go for additional relevant information, tools and resources
  • Hotel

    A block of rooms will be available at the Pala Casino Resort & Spa from June 4 – June 6, 2019, starting at a discounted rate of $129.

    Use code TRIE19A when making your reservation. To qualify for the discounted rate, reservations must be made by May 14, 2019.

  • Registration

  • Stipends

    We are offering a limited number of travel stipends of up to $1,500 for those who may need financial assistance with attending the workshop. We can reimburse costs for air travel, lodging, parking, and ground transportation to and from the airport.

    Travel stipend recipients must provide original receipts dated between June 4 and June 7, 2019, to receive reimbursement. Recipients must be in attendance for the entirety of the workshop.

    Those who receive a travel stipend will be provided with further instructions regarding reimbursement once they are notified of their selection.

  • Contact

    For more information, please contact Shasta Gaughen:

    sgaughen@palatribe.com or 760-891-3515.

Pala Band California PED Environment Climate Health Workshop