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Last Edited: 5/11/2015

National Heat-Health Surveillance Workshop

On March 17-18, 2015, the Natural Resources Defense Council and NRDC's Science Center convened the National Heat-Health Surveillance Expert Workshop in New York City, to bring together practitioners from across the country to discuss how to expand heat-health syndromic surveillance networks in the U.S.

The workshop was hosted and co-sponsored by:

Climate & Health Program

Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University

New York, NY


Other co-sponsors included:

American Public Health Association

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

California Environmental Health Tracking Program

Council of State and Territorial Health Officials

National Association of County and City Health Officials

Natural Resources Defense Council’s Science Center

Public Health Institute’s Center for Climate and Health


Below are the presentations from the workshop. Conference proceedings will follow.


Session I: Overview and Current Practices


  1. Big Picture Overview, Tom Matte, NYC DOH
  2. Efforts to Track Health Impacts Using Retrospective Data, Paul English, CA CDPH
  3. Climate and Health Sydromic Surveillance Workgroup Summary, Matt Roach, AZ, DHS


Session II: Validation and Statistical Assessments


  1. Validation and Statistical Assessment of Heat Syndromic Data, Stacy Hoferka, IL DOH
  2. NYC Heat Syndromic Surveillance Study, Rob Mathes, NYC DOH

Session III: Case Studies: Who's currently implementing heat-health syndromic surveillance?


  1. Use of Heat-Health Syndromic Surveillance Data in NYC, Katie Lane, NYC DOH
  2. Heat Surveillance in Maricopa County, Vjollca Berisha, Maricopa Co DPH
  3. Use of Heat Warning Systems in Philadelphia, Jose Lojo, Philadelphia DOH