Preparing for Extreme Heat in New York State

Originally presented on June 15, 2017

Neil Muscatiello
Principal Investigator, NYSDOH Center for Environmental Health

Asante Shipp Hilts
Senior Project Coordinator, NYSDOH, Office of Public Health Practice

This webcast will explain the health risks of exposure to extreme heat as an impact of the changing climate in New York State. The webcast will review prior extreme heat events and the current and projected climate trends and offer practical strategies to help the public prepare for extreme heat. Speakers will describe ways to prevent heat related illness and examples of local extreme heat response plans, including splash parks and cooling centers. These approaches and other state and federal initiatives to address extreme heat, as well as how collaborations can help prepare communities for extreme heat events, will be discussed. By highlighting the promotion of healthy and safe environments, this webcast focuses on one of the five priority areas in the New York State Prevention Agenda, the blueprint for state and local action to improve the health of New Yorkers.  

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe the extent of extreme heat occurrences in NYS and the nation;
  • List at least three health risks associated with extreme heat;
  • Identify populations who are most vulnerable from the health effects from extreme heat; and
  • Name at least two initiatives to address the health risks of extreme heat.

Target Audience:
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, health educators, environmental health experts and other health professionals working in local health departments, hospitals and clinics, as well as EMTs/first responders, law enforcement personnel, climatologists and those in community-based settings, schools, youth centers, senior care facilities and any other population-based settings that interact with the public to respond to extreme heat events.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits:
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test & Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until June 30, 2020.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until June 30, 2020.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until June 30, 2020.