Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank

No matter where they live, all Americans deserve healthy environmental conditions. Many tribes across the United States are finding their traditional ways of life disrupted by environmental health hazards. 

We are champions for and connect partners to the Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank, a work group composed of professionals with diverse backgrounds in tribal public and environmental health. The TPEH Think Tank is focused on working to promote tribal public and environmental health, establishing priorities in the field, building partnerships and providing a voice for the communities they serve.

The group was originally established as the National Tribal Environmental Health Think Tank by the Office of Tribal Affairs in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The Think Tank recently decided to expand its focus to include broader public health issues, as it is now convened by CDC’s Tribal Support Unit in the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. 

The six tribal environmental health priorities developed by the TPEH Think Tank are:
1. Food
2. Infrastructure/System Development
3. Climate and Health
4. Resource Extraction
5. Air Quality
6. Water Quality


This short video, "Sacredness of Place," highlights important environmental health issues facing tribal communities and steps TPEH Think Tank members are taking to improve environmental conditions and health outcomes.

Cover image of Pine Ride Reservation reportStory from the Field

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Questions? Please contact Ivana Castellanos.