Heat Health Masterclasses

Our Heat Health Masterclass series provides rapid, interactive learning of best practices and science for essential applications in heat health, taught by leading experts in the field.

Upcoming masterclasses include:

See below for more details and access to registration.

Setting operational thresholds for Heat Early Warning Systems

2 June 2020, 17:00-18:30 CEST

Speakers: Ross Thompson, Public Health England; others TBC

Moderator: Sari Kovats, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Defining heatwave events and optimal public health heat alerting systems remains complex and challenging. Should they be impact-based, and what information is needed to make them so? If this information is unavailable, are climatological approaches alone effective? This masterclass will address these questions and provide insight to some of the practical and operational considerations that both meteorological services and public health agencies may need to take when either developing or improving existing heat health thresholds for action.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the reasons for setting an operational threshold
  • To understand methods for describing exposure-response relationships and population-based thresholds using epidemiological (e.g. daily mortality) and met data
  • How to work with national meteorological services on indicators for warnings.

Innovating in urban planning and governance for heat health

16 June 2020, 17:00-18:30 CEST

Speakers: Ladd Keith, University of Arizona; Sara Meerow, Arizona State University; David Hondula, Arizona State University.

Moderator: Roop Singh, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

Extreme heat is an increasing climate risk for cities and the health of their residents across the world, due to the combination of the urban heat island (UHI) effect and climate change. Urban planning and design that considers urban heat mitigation can help cities increase their resilience to extreme heat in the built environment. This masterclass will present the current state and innovations in urban planning, design and governance for extreme heat, offer insight into the diverse disciplinary perspectives on extreme heat governance, and offer strategies for enhancing community engagement for sustained extreme heat planning efforts.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn the current state of urban planning practice and research for extreme heat
  • To identify recent examples of urban planning and design innovations for heat health
  • To consider the diverse disciplinary perspectives on local extreme heat governance to improve public health outcomes
  • To select strategies for enhancing and evaluating community engagement related to planning for extreme heat

Economic valuation of heat-health impacts and interventions

30 June 2020, 17:00-18:30 CEST

Speakers: Shubhayu Saha, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Vijay Limaye, Natural Resources Defense Council

Moderator: Roop Singh, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

There is a need to evaluation and quantify the cost and benefits of different heat interventions in order to inform decision making. This masterclass will review the current methods for assessing health-related costs from morbidity and mortality linked to extreme heat exposures and the health and economic benefits associated with common heat adaptation interventions, such as: housing interventions, air conditioning, heat early warning systems, community cooling centers, and municipal heat action plans. The advantages and limitations of these methods will be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand how to assess healthcare costs associated with extreme heat exposures
  • To use case studies to explore opportunities and limitations association with different estimation approaches
  • To describe different types and sources of data, metrics, and tools for assessing and comparing costs and benefits of candidate heat-health adaptation interventions
  • To describe practical details of the challenges in assessing costs and benefits associated with each approach

Developing an effective Heat Health Action Plan for your city

21 July 2020, 17:00-18:30 CEST

Speakers: Kristie Ebi, University of Washington; TBD

Moderator: Sari Kovats, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Effective prevention in a city requires a portfolio of actions at different levels: from health system preparedness coordinated with meteorological early warning systems to timely public and medical advice and improvements to housing and urban planning. These actions can be integrated in a defined Heat Health Action Plan. There are several principles that should be used in planning for and responding to heatwaves. This Masterclass is an introduction to heat health action planning, based on principles and guidance developed by the World Health Organization and from case studies of actual plans.

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the different components of Heat Health Action Plans
  • To understand how national meteorological and hydrological services and health sector can work together.
  • To describe how longer term strategies can be incorporated in to heat health action planning
  • To understand the importance of including evaluation of heat interventions.
  • To provide examples of established Heat Health Action Plans for tropical and temperate climates.