Climate Change and Health Impact Assessment Reports - Alaska

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium provides a database of assessments on public health impacts from climate change for communities in Alaska. The purpose of this website is to present climate change impacts that are occurring at a local level, so as to help in the development of adaptive strategies that encourage community health and resilience.

Climate impact assessments are available for the following Alaskan localities:

  • Bering Strait Communities
  • Upper Nushagak River Communities
  • Bristol Bay Communities
  • Atqasuk
  • Nuisqut
  • Wainwright
  • Levelock
  • Nondalton
  • Pilot Point
  • Selawik
  • Kiana
  • Noatak
  • Kivalina
  • Point Hope

Many of the communities face similar climate-related public health challenges. In Bristol Bay, public health challenges include disease, heat stroke, and mental stress. Many of the communities identify potential injury due to unsafe or unusual travel conditions as a major public health problem. Similarly, public health infrastructure in Atqasuk and Kivalina is being endangered by erosion and permafrost thaw.

Wildlife health and harvest success are also a recurring problem as they relate to traditional subsistence activities. In Nuiqsut, food security is further threatened by the thawing of traditional underground ice cellars.

Water security is endangered in Wainwright by climate-related damage to water infrastructure, and in Nondalton by low lake water levels.
 

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is a not-for-profit tribal health organization managed by Alaska Native tribal governments and their regional health organizations. The Consortium was created in 1997 to provide statewide Native health services. 

 

 

 

Publication Date: August 2010

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