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.

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