National Integrated Heat Health Information System


EPA Launches 'Let's Talk About Heat' Communications Challenge

Apply to the communications challenge by July 22nd

EPA Launches 'Let's Talk About Heat' Communications Challenge

Extreme heat is an increasing problem for all parts of the United States, and our changing climate means more parts of the country are likely to see extreme heat days in the future. Hotter temperatures are especially hard on children, older adults, outdoor workers and athletes, overburdened groups, and those already suffering from chronic illnesses. 

On June 6th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the Let's Talk About Heat Challenge to protect public health by raising awareness of health risks from extreme heat. The Let's Talk About Heat Challenge seeks innovative solutions that show how communities of different sizes and in different parts of the country create effective communication strategies to inform and warn people of the risks of extreme heat and offer ways to keep safe during the hottest days. The challenge will award a total of $120,000 in prizes for up to 10 of the most innovative communication strategies. 

The Let's Talk About Heat Challenge is co-sponsored by NOAA, HHS, and FEMA, and from external partner organizations including the Atlantic Council, Georgetown Climate Center, Groundwork USA, and National Assocation of County and City Health Officials. 

The EPA will be hosting an information webinar regarding the challenge on June 22nd at 2:00 PM EDT. Register for the informational webinar here to learn more about the challenge and ask any questions. 

To learn more about the challenge and to apply, visit the challenge website


Contact NIHHIS

Hunter Jones
Climate and Health Projects Manager
P: (301) 734-1215

Morgan Zabow
Climate and Health Communication & Outreach Coordinator (UCAR)
P: (302) 648-6920


1315 East-West Highway Suite 100
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather.