In order to engage a community and call them to action, the issues at hand must first be assessed. In April of 2015, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, the Ak-Chin Indian Community, the Tohono O’odham Nation, and UA SWEHSC will host a tribal environmental health forum for environmental and health care professionals. The goal is to express ideas and views on environmental health issues and how they affect the health of tribal people. The purpose of this forum is for leaders in tribal communities across Arizona to discuss how the environmental factors that result in such diseases as asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and others affect the health of tribal people. The event will also allow tribal public health leaders to share these concerns with representatives of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) who can then use this information to create funding for resources, outreach, and research assistants.
Another call to action for communities in Arizona is an environmental education grant proposed to the Environmental Protection Agency entitled Community Voices for Environmental Stewardship. The purpose of this grant is to promote environmental awareness and stewardship with projects that will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. The grant is a collaboration between the Tohono O’odham Nation Environmental Protection Office and UA SWEHSC in which the Tohono O’odham Nation Environmental Protection Office will utilize its various environmental based programs to further raise awareness about the purposes and importance of the programs they currently have in place.