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Staying Cool in a Changing Climate: Reaching Vulnerable Populations during Heat Events

Natalie R. Sampson, Carina J. Gronlund, Miatta A. Buxton, Linda Catalano, Jalonne L. White-Newsome, Kathryn C. Conlon, Marie S. O’Neill, Sabrina McCormick, Edith A. Parker
Global Environmental Change

April 1, 2013

Case studies of heat-related health behaviors in four U.S. cities led to interventions on protecting vulnerable populations in a changing climate. Vulnerable populations were questioned on their health-promoting behaviors at home or in their community during heat events, inquiring about perceptions of heat-related threats and vulnerability and the role of social support. While vulnerable populations often recognize heat's potential health threats, many overlook or disassociate from risk factors or rely on experiences living in or visiting warmer climates as a protective factor.


Reaching Vulnerable Populations during Heat Events