The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is supporting seven communities across the United States to study health, health equity and climate change solutions as part of their Health and Climate Solutions Program.
These communities have all developed and implemented projects that address the health impacts of climate change, while working to improve health equity. Grantees will assess and learn from their strategies for creating healthier, more resilient communities. The projects selected represent a range of solutions, including the greening of public spaces, sustainable agricultural, and housing weatherization. A full list of grantees and a short description of their work is provided below.
The team in Anchorage, Alaska will evaluate the impact on health outcomes of newly installed portable water/sanitation systems in 69 homes in two rural Alaska Native communities that are currently living without piped water or/ sanitation—and that are increasingly water-insecure as a result of climate change. Read more.
The team in Austin, Texas will evaluate the heat index and children’s level of physical activity and emotional well-being at various times during the year in tree-shaded and non-tree-shaded parks adjacent to three inner-city elementary schools. Read more.
The team in Vanderwagen, New Mexico will evaluate regenerative farming practices of Navajo farmers for impact on soil life mass, soil life diversity, and nutrient density of food produced on dryland farms. Read more.
The team in Portland, Oregon will evaluate the health, social, economic and environmental endpoints of a tree planting program among Asian-Americans in a low-income, multi-ethnic neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Read more.
The team in Minnesota will evaluate and compare demographics, economics, environment, and health in six regenerative and six conventional agricultural counties in six Midwestern states. Read more.
The team in Buffalo, New York will evaluate the impact of an inner-city, community-based, energy efficiency and weatherization program on household and community resilience, community development (e.g., local procurement and job creation) and health. Read more.
The team in La Conner, Washington will evaluate the efficacy of I-BRACE—an “indigenized” version of CDC’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Framework—which incorporates a model of indigenous values-based data collection, analysis and decision-making into a traditional public health model. Read more.