Extreme Heat Can be a Killer

Canada is experiencing more extremely hot days and longer periods of heat than during the late 20th century and this trend is expected to get worse. This whiteboard video describes the risks of extreme heat, the vulnerability of different populations, and how we can protect people’s health through municipal and regional planning, infrastructure development, changes in individual behaviour, and the development of heat health plans. 

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Developing a Municipal Heat Response Plan

Many municipalities have developed strategies that have proven effective in lowering the number of heat related deaths on extremely hot days. This guide is based on information gathered through consultations with Health Authorities and municipalities in BC and a review of pertinent literature. It is intended as a tool to help municipalities develop extreme heat plans in a way that integrates with existing emergency preparedness strategies.

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Extreme Heat Topic Page             

NCCEH has created a curated shortlist of NCCEH resources, published scientific articles and external resources that summarize the topic of extreme heat. Our KT Scientists develop our Topic Pages to give you a head start on locating a selection of the best available evidence on a particular topic.


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Broken Newsletters

  • It has come to our attention that a technical issue in our June 2018 eNews meant that some of our subscribers had difficulty viewing its contents. The issue is resolved and the newsletter is now available online.

Health Equity Video Series

  • The BCCDC has just released a new online series of five videos about health equity for environmental public health professionals (EHOs and PHIs). Each 5- to 7-minute video focuses on a specific aspect of health equity in relation to environmental health practice. The videos were developed for frontline EHOs interested in considering health equity through their practice, and for leaders and policy makers who wish to integrate health equity considerations into their program delivery or departmental policies

New NCCEH Blog Site

  • On May 17, 2018, the NCCEH blog came to life. You can expect to see all kinds of content in the blog and we encourage you to go check it out. If you think you might like to contribute some content as a guest blogger, please drop us a line.

Healthy Built Environments Toolkit Updated

  • An updated version of the “Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit: making the links between design, planning and health” (Version 2.0) has been released. The HBE Linkages Toolkit synthesizes research and key messages to help describe how planning and design principles are linked to population health outcomes. The toolkit is broken into a full report and a two page summary

Chronic Disease Dashboard Updated

  • The Chronic Disease Dashboard is an interactive tool that provides summary statistics on a variety of non-communicable diseases and conditions in BC. Specifically, it presents time trends and geographical variations at the HSDA level of overall and sex-specific prevalence and incidence measures for 32 chronic conditions and their sub-types. The latest update added two years of new data and it can be viewed on the BCCDC wesite.

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