Training of scientists, students, community members, and partner organizations is a key component of the IHACC program which seeks to create health adaptation leaders who have the skills to develop, promote, and advance adaptation after project completion. Training and mentorship will occur at a number of levels:
- Student adaptation leaders: The next generation of students with skills in intervention based climate change adaptation research will get hands-on experience in the IHACC project, working with and mentored by scientific and community team members.
- Community adaptation leaders: Full time local employees actively involved the research program and trained to take local ownership of the work and adaptations after project completion.
- Partner organization adaptation leaders: Partner organizations will be trained to actively lobby for the rights of Indigenous peoples in a changing climate.
- Scientific adaptation leaders: Project scientists will emerge with experience with a validated approach to adaptation intervention and planning in remote Indigenous context which can be used as ‘best-practice’ model for future work.
- International networks: The research program will catalyze the creation of cross-cultural interdisciplinary networks for Indigenous health adaptation. These networks will facilitate shared cross-cultural training of adaptation leaders. Moreover, team members bring diverse and complimentary health expertise to the program. The Peruvians have pioneered epidemiological and clinical study design among Indigenous peoples in the Amazon; the Canadians are leaders in developing climate change vulnerability and adaptation approaches for application in Indigenous settings and have expertise in spatial and environmental epidemiology; the Ugandans bring leadership in participatory research and social science approaches to health; and international partners are leaders in climate modeling and application of climate data.