Climate Change Grantees


2016-2018 Climate Ready Territories

Through the Climate Ready Territories project, ASTHO, in conjunction with CDC, currently funds and supports territorial health agency demonstration projects in order to prepare for and respond to the health effects that climate change may bring to their communities.

2016-2018 Insular Area Climate and Health Grantees

Completed Projects

Awardee: Gonzaga Puas, in conjunction with the Federated States of Micronesia Department of Health and Social Affairs

  • Project Summary: This project aimed to assist the people of the low-lying islands in the states of Chuuk and Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia with knowledge, skills and techniques to maintain a healthy island diet in a changing environment. The project consisted of educational workshops and hands-on exercises. In this collaborative project, local agricultural and diet-related knowledge and practices were paired with outside technical assistance to empower the communities on the low-lying islands to adapt to climate change with regard to food security and water management.

Awardee: The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service, in conjunction with the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health

  • Project Summary: Through informal community focus groups and surveys, this project aimed to capture community-level knowledge and perceptions of climate change and water safety. Families from low-income communities in St. Thomas, St. John, and St Croix were invited to participate in educational focus groups wherein they were encouraged to discuss climate change, food and water safety, as well as extreme weather. Participants were then surveyed to assess their knowledge and perceptions of those topics leading to a better understanding of where future education should be offered.


Ongoing Projects

Awardee: The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Commonwealth Health Care Corporation

  • Project Summary: The project aims to build the capacity of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands Commonwealth Health Care Corporation (CHCC) to adapt to and build resilience against the health impacts of climate change. This project included a climate training for staff throughout the CHCC and the development of a health impact scoping report. The project team has also identified and built relationships with key partners outside of public health, including other governmental agencies, who can provide input on the development of the project. The scoping report is not yet finalized.

This project is funded through CDC-RFA-OT18-1802 “Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health.”


Staff Contact

Kathy Dolan,MPH, Director, Environmental Health