Hawaii and U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands Success Stories

At a glance

Each region of the United States experiences climate change and its impacts on health differently. Read about success stories in Hawaii and U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands.

Vista of Hawaii

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation

To bolster capacity to address the public health threats associated with climate change, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Commonwealth Health Care Corporation planned and executed climate change training for staff throughout the agency. This training was supported by a 2017 mini-grant from the CDC via the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and helped to build knowledge and expertise locally. In addition, the project team also developed a CNMI-specific health impact scoping report to assess the local risk of various impacts. Throughout the project, the team identified and built relationships with key partners outside of public health, including other governmental agencies, who can provide expertise and input on climate and health work across CNMI.

The Federated States of Micronesia, Department of Health and Social Affairs

In 2017, the Federated States of Micronesia-Department of Health and Social Affairs received a mini-grant from the CDC via the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to equip the people of the low-lying islands, such as Chuuk and Pohnpei, 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 that paired local agricultural and diet-related knowledge and practices with outside technical assistance (i.e., geographic information system training provided by CDC and ASTHO) to empower the communities on the low-lying islands to adapt to the climate impacts on food security and water management.