Health Canada - Increasing Resilience to Extreme Heat Events in Canadian communities: Health Canada Tools for Developing HARS and Training Health Care Professionals (webinar)
August 2, 2012 from 13:30 to 15:30 (EDT)
"Best Practices for Developing Heat Alert and Response Systems in Canada”" by Dr. Peter Berry, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate Change and Health Office, Health Canada
To help public health and emergency management officials prepare Canadians for extreme heat and reduce health impacts, Health Canada has developed Heat Alert and Response Systems to Protect Health: Best Practices Guidebook. The Guidebook is intended for use by officials who are developing or updating heat alert and response systems (HARS) and it provides guidance on delivering an effective HARS that meets the needs of a community. In his presentation, Dr. Peter Berry will provide an overview of the document, present information on extreme heat events and the potential health risks to Canadians, including those most vulnerable to the impacts.
"Preparing the Health Workforce for Extreme Heat” by Dr. Fiona Frappier, Scientist, Climate Change and Health Office, Health Canada
To educate and provide information to health care workers, Health Canada has conducted research to understand the needs of health care workers in addressing extreme heat. The “Extreme Heat Events Guidelines: Technical Guide for Health Care Workers” provides information on the recognition, treatment and prevention of heat-related illnesses. Furthermore, Health Canada has developed an on-demand accredited “Extreme Heat Events Program” this online course (extremeheatevents.ca) was developed specifically for health care workers in collaboration with several partners. In her presentation, Dr. Fiona Frappier will discuss health promotion and injury prevention for vulnerable individuals, risk assessment of individuals for health practitioners, identification of heat illness signs and symptoms, and clinical recommendations to reduce health risks.
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