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TC&HA Webinar

Pala Band California PED Environment Climate Health Webinar

Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation
National Webinar Training Series
August-December 2019

National Webinar Training Series
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 a Native American tribal community 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 FREE interactive training is offered through a series of ten live webinars scheduled on the first and third Tuesdays of the month (9:00 – 10:00am PST) from August 6, 2019 through December 17, 2019.

The 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 Tribal Climate Health Project (TCHP), a grant funded project being administered by the Pala Band of Mission Indians and the Pala Environmental Department (PED) to help tribal communities across the country build capacity to address the health impacts of climate change.

The TCHP is developing a comprehensive platform for this purpose which includes an extensive and growing clearinghouse of relevant information, tools, trainings, and resources. Trainings in this webinar series will be recorded and shared via this platform.

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.

Participants must register at GoToWebinar and will receive instructions for how to log on for the webinars.


  1. 8/6, Intro (Module 0)
  2. 8/20, Climate Change and Health 101 (Module 1)
  3. 9/3, Intro to Changing Exposures & Impacts, Temperature Extremes (Module 2)
  4. 9/17, Wildfire, Drought (Module 2)
  5. 10/1, Storms & Flood and Melting Ice & Sea Level Rise (Module 2)
  6. 10/15, Vulnerability Assessments Part 1 (Module 3)
  7. 11/5, Vulnerability Assessments Part 2 (Module 3)
  8. 11/19, Adaptation Plans Part 1 (Module 4)
  9. 12/3, Adaptation Plans Part 2 (Module 4)
  10. 12/17, Implementation/Evaluation, Closing (Module 5)

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

For more information, please contact Shasta Gaughen: or 760-891-3515.

Feel free to download and share the event flyer.

Pala Band California PED Environment Climate Health Workshop
Pala Band California PED Environment Climate Health Webinar

National Webinar Training Series Archives
The Pala Environmental Department has archived the webinar links, videos, and power points presentations (.pdf) for you to access.

Feel free to download the power point presentation for TC&HA Webinar 1 – Intro (.pdf).

Webinar Link
TC&HA Webinar 1 – Intro