Climate change in Alaska is transforming ecosystems, harming fisheries, and exacerbating health disparities. The direct impacts threaten public infrastructure and traditional access to foods, as well as present diseases emerging from melting permafrost, ocean acidification, and extreme storms.

In this hour-long webinar, Jackie Qataliña Schaeffer, Iñupiaq, Director of Climate Initiatives, will explain how receding glaciers, rising sea levels, increasing temperatures, permafrost thaw, and other influences are impacting Alaska's rural and indigenous populations. The presenter will also discuss strategies to protect these communities. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to identify climate threats to public health in rural Alaska and have a better understanding of the inequities with processes for state and federal funding and resources.

Register today to learn about how climate change is affecting Alaska’s rural and indigenous communities and steps you can take to combat this environmental injustice.


Jackie Qataliña Schaeffer, Iñupiaq
Director of Climate Initiatives, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

These monthly Web-conferencing events, sponsored by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, provide an authoritative hour-long forum for discussing topics that are important to the public health practice community and the tribal health units in the six Northwest states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Event Date/Time: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT