Transatlantic Dialogue on Extreme Heat and Health

Transatlantic Dialogue on Extreme Heat and Health
Extreme heat

 Context

The Transatlantic Dialogue on Extreme Heat and Health is the first in a series of a joint initiative by WHO/Europe, the Pan American Health Organization, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

This virtual event aims to foster collaboration and the exchange of experiences among Member States across the Atlantic, focusing on the critical issue of extreme heat and health. So, it aims to contribute to discussions on strengthening health system and community resilience against heatwaves and extreme heat.

This platform will provide input to develop a summary for policy-makers on different approaches and opportunities to tackle extreme heat in Member States on both sides of the Atlantic.

 Date

July 2, 2024

 Time

9:00am - 12:00pm (ET, Washington DC)
3.00pm - 6.00pm (CEST, Geneva, Madrid, Paris)

 Languages

English, Spanish and Russian

 Where

Virtual event on ZOOM

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  Agenda                  Tuesday, July 2nd, 2024


9:00-9:05

Overview of the Dialogues and today's agenda

Moderator: Daniel Buss, Unit Chief, Climate Change and Environmental Determinants of Health, PAHO

Gerry Eijkemans, Director, Department of Social and Environmental Determinants for Health Equity, PAHO


9:05-9:20

Opening remarks

Moderator: Gerry Eijkemans, Director, Department of Social and Environmental Determinants for Health Equity, PAHO

Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, PAHO Assistant Director
Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Office for Europe
John Balbus, Director of Office of Office of Climate Change and Health Equity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
María Neira, Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, WHO


9:20-9:35

Session 1: Situation Analysis on heat and health and challenges to health systems and the society

Moderator: Oliver Schmoll, Programme Manager, Water and Climate, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Joy Shumake-Guillermot, Lead of WHO/WMO Climate and Health Office


9:35-10:35

Session 2: Bottlenecks, challenges and best practices on addressing heat and health

Moderator: Oliver Schmoll, Programme Manager, Water and Climate, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Carolyn Tateishi, Director of Climate Change and Health Office, Health Canada
Margarita Spasenovska, Public Health Officer, WHO Country Office, North Macedonia
Timm Paulus, Head of Environmental Health Protection, Climate and Health Unit, Federal Ministry of Health, Germany
Nicole Dawkins-Wright, Director of Emergency, Disaster Management, and Special Services, Ministry of Health and Wellness, Jamaica
Héctor Tejero, Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Health at the Minister’s of Health Cabinet, Spain


10:35-10:45

BREAK


10:45-11:35

Session 3: Lessons learned and opportunities for capacity building and strengthening collaboration to address heat and health

Moderators:
Karen Polson-Edwards, Advisor for Climate Change and Health, PAHO
James Creswick, Technical Officer, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health

Peter Löffler, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA), European Commission
Vladimir Kendrovski, Technical Officer Climate Change and Health – WHO EURO
John Balbus, Director of Office of Climate Change and Health Equity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


11:35-11:55

Session 4: Call to action/way forward - discussion

Daniel Buss, Unit Chief, Unit on Climate Change and Environmental Determinants of Health, PAHO
Oliver Schmoll, Programme Manager, Water and Climate, WHO Regional Office for Europe


11:55-12:00

Wrap-up and closing

Daniel Buss, Unit Chief, Climate Change and Environmental Determinants of Health, PAHO
Francesca Racioppi, Head of WHO European Centre for Environment and Health