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Reg2PHTC-Climate3 Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan – Improving city resilience against extreme heat-waves


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If you are seeking CHES credit for this webinar, you must email phtc@columbia.edu after you have completed the post assessment. Please include your full name, CHES ID number, and course title in the email.

Presenter: Parthasarathi (Partho) Ganguly, MBBS, MD, MPhil
Additional Professor
Indian institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar

Date: April 19, 2016

Description:
This Webinar outlines the Ahmadebad Heat Action Plan developed to combat heat-related illness and mortality in the face of increasing temperatures and frequent heat waves in India.  Based on an analysis of local temperature data and awareness levels of vulnerable populations, the action plan set objectives to increase public awareness, train medical officers, engage the media, create a forecast system, and develop a flow chart for action during hot days.  As a result, there was an increase in awareness of the risks of heat waves and a reduction in heat-related mortality in Ahmadebad. Dr. Ganguly outlines the steps taken to develop and carry out this action plan as well as challenges and successes along the way.
Following the webinar, participants will be able to:

• Describe the ways in which small pieces of evidence can be generated to influence policies related to climate change.
• Explain how low cost interventions can save human lives
• Discuss how rapid scale up of a successful intervention can be achieved through advocacy and networking.

If you are seeking CHES credit for this webinar, you must email phtc@columbia.edu after you have completed the post assessment. Please include your full name, CHES ID number, and course title in the email.

Prerequisites

 

BRACE-Climate101

Course Competencies

  • 1B01 Describes factors affecting the health of a community (e.g., equity, income, education, environment)
  • 1B11 Identifies assets and resources that can be used for improving the health of a community (e.g., Boys & Girls Clubs, public libraries, hospitals, faith-based organizations, academic institutions, federal grants, fellowship programs)
  • 1B12 Assesses community health status and factors influencing health in a community (e.g., quality, availability, accessibility, and use of health services; access to affordable housing)
  • 1B15 Advocates for the use of evidence in decision making that affects the health of a community (e.g., helping policy makers understand community health needs, demonstrating the impact of programs)
  • 2B03 Contributes to development of organizational strategic plan (e.g., includes measurable objectives and targets; incorporates community health improvement plan, workforce development plan, quality improvement plan, and other plans)
  • 2B04 Implements organizational strategic plan
  • 2B05 Monitors current and projected trends (e.g., health, fiscal, social, political, environmental) representing the health of a community
  • 2B06 Develops options for policies, programs, and services (e.g., secondhand smoking policies, data use policies, HR policies, immunization programs, food safety programs)
  • 2B08 Recommends policies, programs, and services for implementation
  • 2B13 Uses public health informatics in developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services (e.g., integrated data systems, electronic reporting, knowledge management systems, geographic information systems
  • 3B06 Communicates information to influence behavior and improve health (e.g., uses social marketing methods, considers behavioral theories such as the Health Belief Model or Stages of Change Model)
  • 3B08 Communicates the roles of governmental public health, health care, and other partners in improving the health of a community
  • 4B06 Assesses the effects of policies, programs, and services on different populations in a community (e.g., customer satisfaction surveys, use of services by the target population)
  • 5B06 Facilitates collaborations among partners to improve health in a community (e.g., coalition building)
  • 5B07 Engages community members to improve health in a community (e.g., input in developing and implementing community health assessments and improvement plans, feedback about programs and services)
  • 5B10 Advocates for policies, programs, and resources that improve health in a community (e.g., using evidence to demonstrate the need for a program, communicating the impact of a program)
  • 6B07 Uses evidence in developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services
  • 8B03 Explains the ways public health, health care, and other organizations can work together or individually to impact the health of a community
  • 8B10 Advocates for the role of public health in providing population health services