The American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Initiative aims to raise awareness among tribes and tribal communities about worker safety and health and the resources available to tribal communities through NIOSH. Learn more about our activities to engage and partner with tribes, tribal-serving organizations, and others.

Improving Worker Safety & Health among American Indians/Alaska Natives: A Partnership Workshop

To enhance worker safety and health in tribal communities and develop partnerships, NIOSH and the Center for Health, Work and EnvironmentExternal, a Center within the Colorado School of Public Health, convened a partnership workshop on the occupational safety and health issues of AI/AN workers in August 2015.

Representative from tribes, tribal-serving organizations, academia, and state and federal government agencies came together to advance worker safety and health among AI/AN. The objectives were threefold: 1) meet and network to discuss worker safety, health and well-being issues and solutions; 2) learn about tribal resources, funding, data sources and surveillance systems that can help to develop worker safety and health initiatives, and 3) identify opportunities to work together.

Attendees represented 14 states, primarily from the western United States. Tribal safety and health professionals, tribal epidemiologists, state health department representatives and physicians attended. Representatives from the Navajo Nation and Shoshone-Bannock TribesExternal presented their Tribal occupational safety and health programs. Workshop discussions included a range of occupational safety and health topics.

  • Agricultural workers
  • Building occupational safety and health capacity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hearing loss
  • Public health in Indian Country
  • Young workers

The workshop established new relationships and fostered existing ones among the many organizations and tribes. Additionally, an AI/AN occupational safety and health network was created to share resources and build capacity. A summary of the workshop and workshop presentations are available hereExternal.

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