American Indian and Alaska Native Environmental Health Recognition Awards

Leaders in Tribal Environmental Health, this is your chance to showcase the important work you’ve been doing to protect the health of your communities.

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Award Details

The past few years have seen unprecedented environmental change, often with devastating impacts on American Indian and Alaska Native populations. In partnership with the CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), we are offering awards between $500 and $10,000 to tribal health departments or tribal health organizations that have developed innovative environmental health programs, projects, or strategies to improve the health and wellness of their communities. Awardees will also be profiled on our website and in the Journal of Environmental Health. 

Eligible Strategies and Initiatives

We are looking to elevate tribal environmental health programs, strategies, and initiatives that have made a substantial impact on the health and wellness of your tribal community, especially those that are focused on climate adaptation, mitigation, environmental justice, or health equity. Ideally, the strategy will also have achieved at least one of the following outcomes: 
  • Identified and addressed health equity gaps 
  • Addressed climate adaptation and/or mitigation
  • Developed and implemented environmental justice initiatives
  • Enhanced environmental health workforce capacity 
  • Shared cultural teachings and practices about environmental health and sustainability
  • Accelerated environmental public health goals  
  • Changed the way you do inspections, collect data, or perform other job processes 
  • Created or utilized new systems 
  • Incorporated indigenous ways of knowing to support behavior change in the environmental health field
  • Developed family or community activities that promoted positive environmental health practices
Submissions should describe the project and demonstrate its impact on environmental health services, programs, and outcomes. Innovations that specifically address climate impacts will be prioritized. These new initiatives should have been created or implemented from March 2020 to present. 

Eligibility

Tribal agencies or organizations with environmental health programs that have successfully developed and/or implemented an innovative environmental health activity, strategy, project, or program since March of 2020 may apply. One submission per organization is allowed.  

Award Structure

Recognition Level Requirements Award

Gold Recognition

  • One outstanding project, initiative, or strategy that has made a significant impact will be selected 
  • Must demonstrate use of strategic and innovative environmental health activities, programs, or strategies 
  • Must have one resource or tool that can be shared 
  • $10,000 
  • Feature Story or column in the Journal of Environmental Health
  • 5 NEHA memberships for one year (up to $500 value) 
  • 2 complimentary Member Registrations for NEHA’s 2022 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) and Exhibition (up to $1,500 value) 

Silver Recognition

  • Two awards 
  • Must have one resource or tool that can be shared  
  • $5,000 
  • Article, column, or other recognition in the Journal of Environmental Health or NEHA website
  • Five NEHA memberships for one year (up to $500 value) 
  • Two complimentary Member Registrations for NEHA’s 2022 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) and Exhibition (up to $1,500 value) 

Bronze Recognition  

  • Multiple awards
  • $2,500 
  • Story shared on NEHA’s website, blog, social media channels, and/or in the Journal of Environmental Health 
  • Five NEHA memberships for one year (up to $500 value) 
  • Two complimentary Member Registrations for NEHA’s 2022 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) and Exhibition (up to $1,500 value) 

Honorable Mention 

  • Multiple awards
  • $500 
  • Story shared on NEHA’s website, blog, social media channels, and/or in the Journal of Environmental Health
  • Five NEHA memberships for one year (up to $500 value) 
  • Two complimentary Member Registrations for NEHA’s 2022 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) and Exhibition (up to $1,500 value) 

 

Expections With Award Acceptance

  • Your stories of strategy and innovation will be shared. 
  • A key informant interview will be conducted. 
  • Depending on award level, you may be asked to share your story in the Journal of Environmental Health, in a NEHA.org blog, or another medium. You will be asked to share tools, infographics, or other resources related to your project. 

Selection Process and Criteria

Applications will be reviewed and scored using the following selection criteria:  

  • Uniqueness of the strategy/project
  • Related to climate adaptation, climate mitigation, environmental justice, or health equity
  • Impact of the strategy/project
  • Includes at least one of the following: 
    • Enhanced workforce capacity  
    • Accomplished or accelerated a public health goal/objective 
    • Provided a new way to deliver/promote an environmental health service 
    • Used new data, technology, and/or research  
    • Used storytelling and indigenous ways of knowing
    • Addressed/addresses climate health
    • Addressed/addresses environmental health equity or environmental justice

Application Period 

The application deadline has been extended through May 23. 

Definitions

Federally recognized tribe: A federally recognized tribe is an American Indian or Alaska Native tribal entity that is recognized as having a government-to-government relationship with the United States, with the responsibilities, powers, limitations, and obligations attached to that designation, and is eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. At present, there are 574 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages. Specific tribal definitions are described in the Federal Register :: Indian Entities Recognized by and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.