Climate Change HIA

Location Ypsilanti Michigan
Organization Washtenaw County Public Health (WCPH)

The potential health impacts of extreme heat and/or more frequent heat waves and heat wave emergencies on community health were assessed through a community-based survey. The survey was available online and at community-based locations and was offered in English and multiple languages. Results provided critical information about risk perception, emergency readiness, potential response actions and understanding of existing alert systems and resources among a broad spectrum of residents. Recommendations were crafted for preparing for and responding to extreme heat and other emergencies that impact health and that are more likely to have a disproportionate impact on low-income, vulnerable and medically fragile residents based on the survey results.

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Decision makers at all levels are using the fast-growing field of HIA to take health into account when making decisions in a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, education, energy and budgeting, in all types of locations--rural, suburban, and urban, local, regional or statewide. Learn more about the information sources that were used to develop this page.

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  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2011
  • Decision-Level Local
  • Sector Climate Change
  • Organization Type Government Agency