Alaska Alliance for Community Engagement - Climate and Health
(AK ACE-CH) First Annual Meeting
UAA - July 25-26, 2023

Meeting Objectives:

  • Establish a statewide and regional community-engaged partnership network.
  • Develop our AK Alliance agreement and work plan.
  • Develop themes and assign working group teams.



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The Alaska Alliance for Community Engagement- Climate and Health (AK ACE-CH) has the goal to promote health equity and climate justice by bringing together diverse community, state and scientific stakeholders in network to assess climate change and health impacts in remote and rural regions of Alaska and implement strategies that foster mitigation, adaptation and resilience at the community level. 

The first annual AK ACE-CH stakeholder meeting took place in Anchorage on July 25th-26th and brought together Tribal leaders, researchers, federal agencies, and state agencies from across Alaska. Partners gathered with the intent to: 1) develop shared understanding of the AK ACE-CH project goals; 2) recognize each other’s strengths and interests; 3) come to an understanding of their role in the alliance; and 4) develop a plan for assessment of rural Alaska Native community priorities in relationship to climate change and health.   

The 23 participants engaged in interactive activities that included a roundtable discussion of the personal impacts of climate change for everyone in the alliance that initially brought out group anxieties and worries for the current and future generations of young people. However, at the end of the meeting, these initial reflections transformed into one-word statements of “hope,” “motivation,” and “excitement.” 

A primary output from the meeting was the co-production of the AK Alliance Agreements. Alliance Agreements describe how the AK ACE-CH will engage with each other and with communities.



AK ACE-CH Alliance Agreements 

  • Prioritize what is most important to communities.
  • Build on the strengths and resources within the communities.
  • Promote trust and respect among partners and within communities. 
  • Partners inform and shape the work of the AK ACE team.
  • Time and resources are built into the plan to communicate with communities.
  • All perspectives have value.  

AK ACE-CH First Annual Meeting

This research was, in part, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Agreement OT2HL158287. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the NIH.

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