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Tulane: Partners with United Houma Nation on Climate and Health Resilience Study

The United Houma Nation (UHN) is a Louisiana state-recognized tribe trying to maintain its unique culture during climatic, environmental, and socioeconomic change. A new project awarded to Tulane University researchers from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine aims to enable the United Houma Nation to determine how to support its citizens to adapt to climate-related and other short- and long-term stressors while maintaining the integrity of its community and culture.

The three-year, $2.1 million research project was awarded by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Gulf Research Program’s Thriving Communities Grants 5 funding opportunity.

Tribal citizens have had sustained livelihoods and communities in southeast Louisiana’s shifting landscape for generations. Today, however, ongoing coastal land loss combined with the cumulative impacts of health, social, and economic disparities pose new challenges for the tribe.

The need for innovation is the impetus for the tribe’s decision to partner with Tulane University to organize a research team for this community-based participatory research project. The research team will examine existing and emerging stressors, identify resilience strategies, and produce actionable information, tools, and interventions that can be used by the tribe to navigate these challenges. Project results may help other Gulf Coast communities facing similar issues.

Tulane University’s research team consists of Dr. Maureen Lichtveld and Dr. Hannah Covert, and they will work in cooperation with researchers from Louisiana Sea Grant, Louisiana State University, United Houma Nation, University of Arizona, University of Illinois, and University of New Orleans.

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