One Health Partnership in the Yukon Flats region
This project addresses environmental information needs to monitor and manage resources on Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge important to the health of humans and nature (i.e. One Health), and the sharing of project outcomes with others. One Health is a collaborative, multi-sectoral, and transdisciplinary approach—working at the local, regional, national, and global levels—with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. Together with Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge and the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments (CATG) we will initiate a pilot project under which community observers will be trained and outfitted to conduct the inventory and monitoring of targeted health measures. Through this citizen science approach, Refuge staff, tribes and partners will develop a mutual understanding of Alaska's changing environment, identify impacts to resources of concern, identify high-priority information needs for the agency, tribes, and local community members, and develop a process for information to be collected, archived and shared.
Northern Latitudes Partnerships, Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, Indigenous Sentinels Network
Leanna Heffner: email@example.com