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Climate change health assessment: a novel approach for Alaska Native communities.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature101623
Source
Int J Circumpolar Health. 2011 Jun;70(3):266-73
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jun-2011
Author
Michael Y Brubaker
Jacob N Bell
James E Berner
John A Warren
Author Affiliation
Center for Climate and Health, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, Alaska, 99507, USA. mbrubaker@anthc.org.
Source
Int J Circumpolar Health. 2011 Jun;70(3):266-73
Date
Jun-2011
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Abstract
Objectives. Develop a process for assessing climate change impacts on public health that identifies climate-health vulnerabilities and mechanisms and encourages adaptation. Study design. Multi-stakeholder, participatory, qualitative research. Methods. A Climate Change Health Assessment (CCHA) was developed that involved 4 steps: (1) scoping to describe local conditions and engage stakeholders; (2) surveying to collect descriptive and quantitative data; (3) analysis to evaluate the data; and (4) planning to communicate findings and explore appropriate actions with community members. The health effects related to extreme weather, thinning ice, erosion, flooding, thawing permafrost and changing conditions of water and food resources were considered. Results. The CCHA process was developed and performed in north-west Arctic villages. Refinement of the process took place in Point Hope, a coastal Inupiat village that practices whaling and a variety of other traditional subsistence harvest practices. Local observers identified climate change impacts that resulted in damaged health infrastructure, compromised food and water security and increased risk of injury. Priority health issues included thawing traditional ice cellars, diminished quality of the community water source and increased safety issues related to sea ice change. The CCHA increased awareness about health vulnerability and encouraged informed planning and decision-making. Conclusion. A community-scale assessment process guided by observation-based data can identify climate health impacts, raise awareness and encourage adaptive actions, thereby improving the response capacity of communities vulnerable to climate change.
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The search for an alternative to piped water and sewer systems in the Alaskan Arctic.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature281068
Source
Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2017 Mar 29;
Publication Type
Article
Date
Mar-29-2017
Author
Korie A Hickel
Aaron Dotson
Timothy K Thomas
Mia Heavener
Jack Hébert
John A Warren
Source
Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2017 Mar 29;
Date
Mar-29-2017
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Abstract
Forty-two communities in rural Alaska are considered unserved or underserved with water and sewer infrastructure. Many challenges exist to provide centralized piped water and sewer infrastructure to the homes, and they are exacerbated by decreasing capital funding. Unserved communities in rural Alaska experience higher rates of disease, supporting the recommendation that sanitation infrastructure should be provided. Organizations are pursuing alternative solutions to conventional piped water and sewer in order to maximize water use and reuse for public health. This paper reviews initiatives led by the State of Alaska, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation to identify and develop potential long-term solutions appropriate and acceptable to rural communities. Future developments will likely evolve based on the lessons learned from the initiatives. Recommendations include Alaska-specific research needs, increased end-user participation in the design process, and integrated monitoring, evaluation, and information dissemination in future efforts.
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28353111 View in PubMed
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The search for an alternative to piped water and sewer systems in the Alaskan Arctic.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature297767
Source
Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2018 Nov; 25(33):32873-32880
Publication Type
Journal Article
Date
Nov-2018
Author
Korie A Hickel
Aaron Dotson
Timothy K Thomas
Mia Heavener
Jack Hébert
John A Warren
Author Affiliation
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 4500 Diplomacy Drive, Anchorage, AK, 99508, USA. khickel@anthc.org.
Source
Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2018 Nov; 25(33):32873-32880
Date
Nov-2018
Language
English
Publication Type
Journal Article
Keywords
Alaska
Drinking Water
Family Characteristics
Humans
Public Health
Recycling - trends
Rural Population
Sanitation
Sewage
Waste Disposal, Fluid - instrumentation - methods
Water Quality
Water Supply - economics - methods
Abstract
Forty-two communities in rural Alaska are considered unserved or underserved with water and sewer infrastructure. Many challenges exist to provide centralized piped water and sewer infrastructure to the homes, and they are exacerbated by decreasing capital funding. Unserved communities in rural Alaska experience higher rates of disease, supporting the recommendation that sanitation infrastructure should be provided. Organizations are pursuing alternative solutions to conventional piped water and sewer in order to maximize water use and reuse for public health. This paper reviews initiatives led by the State of Alaska, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation to identify and develop potential long-term solutions appropriate and acceptable to rural communities. Future developments will likely evolve based on the lessons learned from the initiatives. Recommendations include Alaska-specific research needs, increased end-user participation in the design process, and integrated monitoring, evaluation, and information dissemination in future efforts.
PubMed ID
28353111 View in PubMed
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