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Environmental Health Resources for the Native Community
Paula Raimondo, FMLA, AHIP
According to U.S. Census Bureau projections, life
expectancies at birth for American Indians/Alaska
Natives are lower than for non-Hispanic whites.
Native peoples frequently contend with environmental
issues that may contribute to poor health. These
contributors include geographic isolation, inadequate
sewage disposal, unsafe housing, air and water pollution.
Unfortunately, an important source for information about the health and well-being of Native Americans and Alaska Natives, the American Indian and Alaska Native Health website, produced by the National Library of Medicine, was retired in December 2019. Users are referred to the American Indian and Alaska Native Health section of MedlinePlus.
Following are resources that address environmental health issues of native peoples in the United States:
American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges [https://medlineplus.gov/americanindianandalaskanativehealth.html]
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian
An interactive Web site that educates middle school and high school teachers and students on how tribes use their traditional culture, values and indigenous knowledge in combination with contemporary science and technologies to tackle environmental issues. The Web site includes videos, quizzes, lesson plans, and a tool for students to document an environmental issue in their own community.
CDC and Indian Country Working Togetherhttps://www.cdc.gov/healthytribes/pdf/CDC-indian-country-508.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Today, American Indians and Alaska Natives have higher rates of disease, injury, and premature death than other racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
Climate and Health - Arctic Healthhttps://arctichealth.org/
Environmental Protection in Indian Country
National Library of Medicine and University of Alaska Anchorage
A source for information on diverse aspects of the Arctic environment and the health of northern peoples. www.epa.gov/tribal
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Covers environmental programs, including air and climate, land, and water; treaty rights; green building tools; tribal coordination.
Indian Health Service Division of Environmental Health Services https://www.ihs.gov/oklahomacity/oehe/dehs/
The goal of the Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) is to protect the health and prevent disease among American Indians through the development and implementation of a comprehensive environmental health program.
Native Americans and Environmental Healthhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=Search&term=native+americans+AND+environmental+health
Journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed
Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank
The Think Tank is composed of professionals with diverse backgrounds in tribal public and environmental health, focused on promoting the voice of tribal communities as a strategy to raise awareness of the unique public and environmental health challenges faced by the communities they serve.
Promoting Environmental Health in Native American Communities: Web Series https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyNET.exe/P100B5B7.TXT?ZyActionD=ZyDocument&Client=EPA&Index=2006+Thru+2010&Docs=&Query=&Time=&EndTime=&SearchMethod=1&TocRestrict=n&Toc=&TocEntry=&QField=&QFieldYear=&QFieldMonth=&QFieldDay=&IntQFieldOp=0&ExtQFieldOp=0&XmlQuery=&File=D%3A%5Czyfiles%5CIndex%20Data%5C06thru10%5CTxt%5C00000027%5CP100B5B7.txt&User=ANONYMOUS&Password=anonymous&SortMethod=h%7C-&MaximumDocuments=1&FuzzyDegree=0&ImageQuality=r75g8/r75g8/x150y150g16/i425&Display=p%7Cf&DefSeekPage=x&SearchBack=ZyActionL&Back=ZyActionS&BackDesc=Results%20page&MaximumPages=1&ZyEntry=1&SeekPage=x&ZyPURL
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
A webinar series designed to translate and disseminate recent findings of STAR-funded researchers addressing the environmental health and exposure concerns of North American Native subsistence populations.
National Library of Medicine
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