Apply Today for the American Indian and Alaska Native Environmental Health Recognition Awards

American Indian and Alaska Native Environmental Health Recognition Awards

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.

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. 


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.  

The application deadline has been extended to May 23, 2022. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Learn more and apply today


Release Date: 
Thursday, March 31, 2022