The Aftermath (e.g. Hurricane, Riots, Gun Violence)
Sharing Session - 60 Minutes
To address the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme heat events in Wisconsin, a state whose residents are generally not acclimated to such events, the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (WI DPH) Climate and Health Program piloted a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rapid needs assessment tool to assess a community’s knowledge of, and ability to adapt to, extreme heat events: Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER). This CASPER was unique in that it was both prospective and included extensive community engagement from local public health and nonprofit organizations. These partners were involved in multiple aspects of CASPER including planning, implementation, and post event data analysis and dissemination.
While this CASPER did not collect the amount of data necessary to generalize to the survey geography, the results are representative of the City of Milwaukee and are therefore still useful for making recommendations for extreme heat plans, policies, and procedures.
This CASPER created new relationships between state and local public health and not-for-profit agencies: a model that has many challenges but even more benefits. As the WI DPH analyzes the findings of this CASPER, which includes both data and process, this model will be explored further.
This session will explore the benefits and challenges and methods for involving community partners. By participating in this session, attendees will walk away with lessons learned for health departments interested in implementing a CASPER in the future, and strategies and experiences that can be applied to everyday work.