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January 31: OHSU Native Health Series focuses on climate change, how it affects health

MEDIA ALERT: Hear about action by indigenous communities and how to identify strategies for climate activism engagement




The OHSU Northwest Native American Center of Excellence will host “Climate, identity and our health: Indigenous lessons and voice from the front lines of climate collapse,” a talk by renowned tribal attorney, Tara Houska.


Friday, Jan. 31, 5:45 to 7 p.m.


OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building Auditorium, 2720 SW Moody Ave.,  Portland, OR 97201


The talk will examine the current climate status and how it affects health. Attendees will hear what’s being done by indigenous communities and identify strategies for engagement in climate activism to improve the health of all.

“Tara Houska’s visit to Portland is both a precious opportunity and timely, as she is a change-maker leading from the edge of the movement of climate change activism,” said Erik Brodt, M.D., director, OHSU Northwest Native American Center of Excellence. “Her perspectives and voice are vital for the future health leaders of tomorrow.”

Tara Houska is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation. She is a tribal attorney in Washington, D.C., the National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth, and a founding member of Much of her work is focused on environmental justice and institutional racism. Tara works alongside grassroots organizations dedicated to the protection of natural resources, treaty rights, cultures, and sacred lands.

This event is part of the Native Health Seminar Series sponsored by the OHSU Northwest Native American Center of Excellence. This event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list please contact Misty Caffey at

Reporters wishing to cover this talk should confirm their attendance no later than 4 p.m. Friday by contacting Franny White of OHSU Media Relations:, 503-494-4158 (desk), 971-413-1992 (cell).


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