Interior Health, Health Alert in Interior BC Communities, 2019 – 20

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British Columbians are experiencing more frequent and extreme heat events. As the risk of health impacts from extreme heat is expected to continue rising, it is critical we work together to across sectors to prepare and increase the resilience of our communities. Interior Health is working on a regional project to develop Heat Alert and Response Systems (HARS) supporting community and social service providers, emergency management officials, and public health prepare for and respond to extreme heat events. Kerri Klein and Stacy Barter from SHIFT Collaborative designed and facilitated a stakeholder engagement workshop on extreme heat and response workshops in March 2019. Following this, in 2020 SHIFT engaged three of the hottest communities in BC (Osoyoos, Lytton and Kamloops) in workshops to better understand the impacts of extreme heat in the Interior on health and well-being and developed a local government toolkit for heat response planning

A warm orange sky with the sun rising above fluffy clouds.
Island Health, Interior Health and Northern Health, Regional Health & Wellness Survey Community Engagement Plan, 2019
Living in Community, Impact & Developmental Evaluation, 2018 – present
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