Leaders in Tribal Environmental Health, this is a chance to showcase the important work you’ve been doing to protect the health of your communities. Congratulations to this year’s winners.
The past few years have seen unprecedented environmental change, often with devastating impacts on American Indian and Alaska Native populations. In partnership with the CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), we are offering awards between $500 and $10,000 to tribal health departments or tribal health organizations that have developed innovative environmental health programs, projects, or strategies to improve the health and wellness of their communities. Awardees will also be profiled on our website and in the Journal of Environmental Health.
Eligible Strategies and Initiatives
- Identified and addressed health equity gaps
- Addressed climate adaptation and/or mitigation
- Developed and implemented environmental justice initiatives
- Enhanced environmental health workforce capacity
- Shared cultural teachings and practices about environmental health and sustainability
- Accelerated environmental public health goals
- Changed the way you do inspections, collect data, or perform other job processes
- Created or utilized new systems
- Incorporated indigenous ways of knowing to support behavior change in the environmental health field
- Developed family or community activities that promoted positive environmental health practices
Tribal agencies or organizations with environmental health programs that have successfully developed and/or implemented an innovative environmental health activity, strategy, project, or program since March of 2020 may apply. One submission per organization is allowed.
Expectations With Award Acceptance
Your stories of strategy and innovation will be shared.
A key informant interview will be conducted.
Depending on award level, you may be asked to share your story in the Journal of Environmental Health, in a NEHA.org blog, or another medium. You will be asked to share tools, infographics, or other resources related to your project.
Selection Process and Criteria
Applications will be reviewed and scored using the following selection criteria:
- Uniqueness of the strategy/project
- Related to climate adaptation, climate mitigation, environmental justice, or health equity
- Impact of the strategy/project
- Includes at least one of the following:
- Enhanced workforce capacity
- Accomplished or accelerated a public health goal/objective
- Provided a new way to deliver/promote an environmental health service
- Used new data, technology, and/or research
- Used storytelling and indigenous ways of knowing
- Addressed/addresses climate health
- Addressed/addresses environmental health equity or environmental justice
Applications for the American Indian and Alaska Native Environmental Health Recognition Awards are now closed.