NTAA has several resources for Tribes related to protecting against the coronavirus within indoor environments like offices, schools and homes.
NTAA’s IAQ WORK GROUP WEBINAR SERIES DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
WEBINAR #2: On September 17, 2020, NTAA held an informational webinar to discuss IAQ Considerations to Assist Tribes in Re-Opening Tribal Buildings during COVID: No Silver Bullets, Practical Guidance and Messaging on Reopening Tribal Buildings. To download some of the presentations, select a link below:
Andrew Persily and Lisa Ng of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Practical Guidance for Reopening Tribal Buildings on:
Summary of Current HVAC Recommendations for Re-Opening Buildings
Simulation of Controls for Reducing Aerosol Exposure in Educational Spaces
Messaging Guidance on Reopening to Different Tribal Audiences, by April Hale of the National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
Listen to the webinar video below!
Webinar #1: On July 29, 2020, NTAA held a webinar that provided Tribes with an Overview of COVID in the Workplace and Funding for Tribes, as Tribes consider opening public spaces safely. The webinar included individuals from a variety of backgrounds including ITEP, Tribal entities, HUD, EPA, and a special guest, Philmer Bluehouse a traditional Diné Peacemaker, who grounded the presentation in Indigenous knowledge around the pandemic. Listen to the webinar video below!
To download separate presentations, pick a link:
An Indigenous Perspective and Science Review on COVID-19 by Philmer Bluehouse, Diné Peacemaker & Mansel Nelson, ITEP
Reopening Businesses & Offices Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic by Holly Thompson Duffy, NW Portland Area Indian Health Board
CARES Act Funding to Tribes Technical Assistance Guidance & IAQ Funding Resources Applicable to COVID Risk Mitigation by Oxcenia O’Domin, ANTHC & Gillian Gawne-Mittelstaedt, THHN
Overview of HUD Funds & Overview of EPA Indoor Air Quality Resources by Hilary C. Atkin, HUD ONAP & Pat Childers / Nate McMichael, EPA OAR
NTAA and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) has developed a list of resources for Tribes you can download here.
In August 2020, EPA held an informational webinar on COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for Field Activities. You can view the slide show here.
NTAA is proud to present the 2020 Tribal Healthy Homes Guides published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.These four new guides provide information and action steps on health-related impacts for Tribal families, Tribal leadership, as well as medical and housing professionals. These guides were based on extensive inputs from the National Tribal Air Association’s Indoor Air Quality Work Group. They are aimed at preventing disease and injury by improving Tribal home environments.
DOWNLOAD THE GUIDELINES HERE:
Tribal Healthy Homes Guidelines
On March 6, 2019 the NTAA IAQ Work Group hosted an informational webinar on tools tribes can use to improve the air quality of homes. The webinar included stories from Tribes around Indian Country as well as an introduction to the EPA Tribal Green Building website and funding sources.
Policy Tools to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Homes
Department of Energy’s Tribal Greenbuilding 101:
How Tribes Can Build Homes with Sustainability in Mind
EPA’s Tribal Green Building Toolkit
Meth and Indoor Air Quality
The NTAA Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Work Group hosted a webinar on how the use and production of methamphetamine impacts tribes on Thursday, Oct 19, 2017. We invite you to join and learn more about this ongoing problem in tribal communities and the sensitive challenges it presents for families across Indian Country.
In 2016, NTAA hosted a Federal Listening Session/Webinar entitled, “Stories of Bees, Bed Bugs and Hoarding: IAQ & Public Health Concerns.”
An emerging health concern across Indian Country is the growing use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products such as marijuana extracts. On June 26, 2019, the NTAA Indoor Air Quality Work Group presented a webinar that explored vaping and e-cigarettes and how Tribes can create and utilize policy tools to reduce the threats to indoor air quality. The 1½ hour-long webinar included speakers from the National Native Network and the California Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Control Program (CDPH).
Policy Tools to Address Vaping and E-Cigarettes in Tribal Communities
To view the slides in PDF format, click here.
In 2016, NTAA signed onto the National Radon Action Plan to assist in the effort in reducing radon risk in 5 million homes and saving 3,200 lives annually by 2020. Radon, an invisible and odorless gas, can cause lung cancer.
The National Radon Action Plan needs your Tribe’s support as well. Download a template for your Tribe to fill out and send into the NTAA and the American Lung Association. Once you have filled out the declaration, please submit it to NTAA at Andy.Bessler@nau.edu.
EPA: Map of Radon Zones