I enjoyed being part of an interesting conversation on extreme heat, health, and COVID-19 with my colleagues Dave Hondula, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, and Vjollca Berisha, Senior Epidemiologist at Maricopa County Department of Public Health, for the Vitalyst Health Foundation’s Spark podcast. We discussed the causes of extreme heat, how it impacts vulnerable populations, and what research and practice tells us about the current challenges and opportunities in increasing our communities’ resilience to it.
As part of the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN)‘s virtual forum this summer, I organized a masterclass on urban planning and governance for heat-health for June 16, 2020. With Roop Singh moderating, myself, Sara Meerow, Dave Hondula, and Ryan Winkle presented on the current state and innovations in urban planning, design and governance for extreme heat with examples from our research and community projects.
The first two lectures by myself and Sara Meerow, PhD, include:
An overview of our upcoming literature review, Planning for Extreme Heat: A Review,
A preview of our recently completed survey of U.S. planners on extreme heat risk perceptions, heat information needed, and policy and design interventions,
Excited to share that the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN)’s resources for decision-making on managing extreme heat and COVID-19 is now out! I participated with a team of almost 70 experts from 25 countries to develop and review the technical brief, planning checklist, and Q&A. We will continue to review the science as it is produced and update the resources as we learn more about COVID-19.
COVID-19 amplifies the risks of hot weather, and 2020 is on track to be one of the hottest years on record. Countries should expect and prepare for hot weather and heatwaves, in addition to managing COVID19. Hot weather conditions present individuals and local decision-makers with new challenges on the optimal ways to stay safe from both hot weather and COVID-19. This information series aims to highlight some issues and options to take into consideration when managing the health risks of extreme heat during the COVID-19 pandemic.