A new research project led by the Swinomish Tribe in western Washington state and University of Washington School of Public Health researchers has received a two-year, $350,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
Researchers from UW’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences are teaming up with tribal members to evaluate strategies the Swinomish are using to adapt to climate change. Project team members include Dr. Nicole Errett, a lecturer in the department, and Dr. Jeremy Hess, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, global health and emergency medicine. He also serves as director of the UW’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.
The results could inform how tribes across the United States incorporate the latest climate science into their ongoing efforts to build healthy and more resilient communities in the face of a warming planet. “Overwhelming as the challenges before us may at times seem, our community and culture have also proven their ability to endure and survive many times before,” said Mr. Brian Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. “It is essential that our place-based knowledge is included in any discussion of climate change.”
Other research partners include Swinomish Elder Mr. Larry Campbell and Ms. Marnie Boardman of the Washington State Department of Health.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on September 27