Joint Session 46 Informing Heat-Health Practitioners to Reduce Risk through Impact-Based Decision Support

Wednesday, 10 January 2018: 1:30 PM-3:45 PM
Room 17B (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Hosts: (Joint between the Ninth Conference on Environment and Health; and the Sixth Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation )
Hunter Jones, NOAA, Climate Program Office, Silver Spring, MD and Shubhayu Saha, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

This session will directly address a common shortcoming of climate and health interventions: it is difficult to truly change decision-making processes, change behavior, and evaluate effectiveness. This session will feature current research on, and narratives about, and approaches to doing this in some of the most vulnerable communities. Each presentation will focus on a specific decision-maker class, a population they serve, and the methods they use to truly change understanding and compel action to support vulnerable communities. All presentations will also demonstrate how these changes are evaluated and how learning from each extreme heat event and enhancing resilience can be built into systems of climate information and decision making.

1:30 PM
Record-Setting Heat and Heat-Related Deaths in Maricopa County, AZ, in 2016: Cause and Effect?
David M. Hondula, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ; and H. Putnam, A. Urban, P. Iniguez, and V. Berisha
2:00 PM
The Hidden Health Costs of Extreme Heat Exposures on Outdoor Workers in the California Central Valley
Jennifer Vanos, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ; and M. F. Wehner and F. Castillo

2:30 PM

3:15 PM
Developing Resilience to Public Health Risks of Extreme Heat in the U.S.−Mexico Border Region
Gregg M. Garfin, The Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; and H. Jones, J. Vanos, S. Leroy, P. Juarez-Carrillo, and A. Monteblanco
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