Masterclass: Developing an effective Heat Health Action Plan for your city

21 July 2020 / 17:00-18:30 CEST / Online

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.


Lecture 1. Heat Health Action Plan Components

Lecture 2. Case Study: Developing Heat Health Action Plans in Canada

Lecture 3. Case Study - Developing Heat Health Action Plans in India

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.


Kristie Ebi, University of Washington

Kris Ebi is Professor in the Departments of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington. She is a member of the International Steering Committee of GHHIN.

She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for over 20 years. Her research focuses on the impacts of and adaptation to climate variability and change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security and vector-borne diseases. She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures, in collaboration with WHO, UNDP, USAID and others. She also is co-chair with Tom Kram (PBL, The Netherlands) of the International Committee On New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios, facilitating development of new climate change scenarios. 

Peter Berry, Health Canada

Since arriving at Health Canada in 1999, Dr. Peter Berry has conducted research in several areas related to climate change including health risks to Canadians, adaptive capacity, health system resilience, health vulnerability assessment and communicating climate change risks to the public. He is currently a Senior Policy Analyst and Science Advisor to the Director at the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau at Health Canada and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo. Peter is currently an editor and author for the next national assessment Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action being led by Health Canada, to be released in 2021. Among other scientific reports, he contributed to the recently released Global Commission on Adaptation Background Paper: Health System Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change. He is currently developing an online course with colleagues at the University of Waterloo for health sector decision makers on building climate resilient health systems.

Abhiyant Tiwari, Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management

Abhiyant Tiwari is an Assistant Professor and Program Manager at the Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management, Gandhinagar, India. He is trained as a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Environmental Health Sciences from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Since 2013, as a public health researcher and practitioner at the Public Health Foundation of India, Abhiyant has worked with knowledge partners like Natural Resources Defense Council, U.S., and policy partners like national and sub-national government agencies on developing, implementing and scaling heatwave health adaptation plans in India. He is a member of the National Disaster Management Authority of India’s technical experts’ group that develops national guidelines for heatwave adaptation plans. He recently led a preliminary study for National Disaster Management of India to estimate local temperature thresholds for heatwave warning systems in more than 100 cities of India. Abhiyant has also worked on developing guidelines for air pollution health risk communication plans in Indian cities. He is also a member of the Indian Meteorological Society, LEAD India Fellow, and Climate Reality Fellow.


Sari Kovats, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Sari Kovats is an Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK. She teachings on climate change, health and sustainable development. She is a member of the International Steering Committee of GHHIN, and co-leads research on health protection responses for the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Change and Health at LSHTM.