Webinar: "Convergence: Addressing Climate-Health Vulnerabilities in the Carolinas"

  • 20 October 2017
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Event date: 10/27/2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Export event

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is hosting the Quarterly Webinar for Epidemiology Public Health Preparedness and Response on October 27 at 12 PM EDT. Ashley Ward from the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, or CISA (a NOAA RISA team), will present on Convergence: Addressing Climate-Health Vulnerabilities in the Carolinas.

The Convergence website, launched May 2017, hosts decision-support tools and other materials to assist Carolina communities in building adaptive capacity against climate extremes. For example, the Heat-Health Vulnerability Tool (HHVT) is a web-based tool that predicts the daily number of emergency department visits for heat-related illness across North Carolina. It is geared towards public health officials and emergency management personnel across the state of North Carolina.

Although the HHVT is designed specifically for use in NC, there are other resources and information available on the Convergence website that are broadly applicable to public health officials and emergency managers in the region.

This webinar will introduce participants to the Convergence website and its current tools and resources, such as the HHVT. Projects currently in the planning stage will be introduced and feedback solicited from participants regarding resources, tools, and materials of interest to
those in the planning, preparedness, and public health communities.

You can join by dialing one of the access numbers below. 
Mobile: tel: 1-605-475-5619, access code: 628042
Web Meeting: https://ncdhhs1.globalmeet.com/PHPR2
Primary Access Number:1-605-475-5619
Guest Passcode: 628042


Convergence and the Heat Health Vulnerability Tool are products of a partnership between the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) and the University of North Carolina's Institute of the Environment. 




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. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.


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