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TC&HA Summit I

Pala Band California PED Environment Tribal Climate Health Project Summit 2022Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation
Online Summit
Getting to the Heart of Climate Vulnerability
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Pala Casino Spa & Resort

Update: 7/11/22. Due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit will be held online. The Zoom link will be provided to registered participants via e-mail. 

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.

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.


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


Dates: Wednesday, July 13, 2022, and Thursday, July 14, 2022
Location: Pala Casino & Spa Resort *To be held online
Title: Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Summit
Theme: Getting to the heart of climate vulnerability


We have reached capacity and are no longer accepting applications.

Travel Scholarships

All available travel scholarships have been awarded.


Group rates are available at the Pala Casino Spa Resort.

Location: Pala, CA
Dates: July 12-14, 2022
Room Type: 2 queen beds
Rate: $150/night*

*The group rate code will be shared when the application is approved, and confirmation is sent to the applicant.

COVID-19 Policy

The Pala Environmental Department (PED) is committed to hosting a safe event and reducing the spread of COVID-19. Participant, speaker, and staff safety is a top priority and thus, we are implementing the following measures to protect Summit attendees:

  • Masks are optional but encouraged except when eating or presenting.
  • Vaccinations, including booster shots, are encouraged but not required to attend.
  • While not required, we encourage participants to complete a COVID-19 test up to 72 hours prior to the event to ensure a negative result before travelling. Antigen tests will be available the morning of the first day of the summit for those who would like to take a test before attending.
  • The Pala Casino Resort Spa has installed a state-of-the-art air filtration system with UV light to kill pathogens.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the venue, and hot spots will be frequently sanitized.
  • We encourage attendees to protect their peers by taking precautions such as social distancing and notifying Summit staff should they start to feel unwell.

This policy is subject to adjustment at any time to comply with any changes to local, state, and/or national health safety recommendations. Summit staff are watching COVID-19 rates and surges closely to ensure proper safety measures are implemented. PED has the right to move this event to a remote platform if necessary.


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For more information contact the Pala Environment Department:
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Pala Band California PED Environment Tribal Climate Health Project Summit 2022