Climate Change and Health in Alaska: Addressing Inequities and Building Resilience
Class Experience Level

This class is no longer accepting registrations

This presentation will focus on climate change and health in Alaska, particularly how some communities are disproportionately affected by climate change due to existing social and health inequities. Climate change can worsen these inequities, contributing to persistent disparities in the resources needed to prepare for, respond to, and recover from climate-driven impacts. We will also discuss the importance of considering existing disparities when developing climate adaptation strategies. Through this presentation, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between climate change, social determinants of health (SDOH), and health outcomes, and to inspire action towards building more resilient communities.

This presentation addresses increasing health equity through information and the NNLM initiative of environmental determinants of health by providing information for a greater understanding of the interconnectedness between climate change and health and how it affects some communities disproportionately in Alaska. By registering for this class, you are agreeing to the NNLM Code of Conduct.

About the Speaker

Sarah Yoder grew up in rural Colorado and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in environmental health from Colorado State University. She worked for the Alaska Department of Health for over ten years in roles that included managing the state’s Health Impact Assessment and Environmental Public Health Programs. Sarah has recently taken on a new role with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), where she leads the Center for Climate and Health and is working with communities to understand the connections between climate change and community health and to provide support to when planning for or responding to impacts.

This webinar series includes an accompanying guide. Each session has its own tab with information about the presenter(s) and related resources to the presentation topic.


By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Understand how certain populations can be more vulnerable to health impacts from climate change due to social and economic disparities
2. Describe several programs in Alaska that focus on improving disparities in several areas of the SDOH, such as healthcare access and community infrastructure, and how these efforts can increase community resilience when responding to impacts driven by climate change
3. Provide an example of what it is important to consider social determinants of health when developing climate adaptation strategies

Class Recording

Class Details

Date(s): March 19, 2024
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Platform: Zoom
CE Credits: 1.50
CE Categories: CHES
Class Experience Level: Beginner
This class is sponsored by Region 5.
Learn more about this class and find other upcoming instances:

Class Contacts

Host/Instructor: Carolyn Martin
Technical Assistance: Molly Knapp

Can't join us live?

Register anyway and you'll receive the recording after the event.