Wellness check programs
Awareness and Engagement
Socially isolated and other vulnerable populations are at greater risk of health emergencies during heat waves. Programs to check in on these populations can reduce heat-related illness and emergencies by having people designated to check in on individuals.
Establish a wellness check program with three steps: 1) create a voluntary registry supported by targeted outreach for individuals to sign up to be checked on during extreme heat events; 2) train members of the community to recognize heat stress symptoms and check-in on vulnerable populations during heat waves; and 3) launch a campaign; which can be paired with a heat wave alert system.
Considerations for Use
The list of program participants should be updated on an annual basis. Government can partner with community-based organizations to support outreach to hard-to-reach populations.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:Awareness and EngagementGovernments may design and operate programs with the goal of increasing awareness and engagement among constituents or stakeholder groups about the risks and opportunities of extreme heat.
Trigger Points:No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
Sectors:Disaster Risk Management, Informal Settlements, Public Health
Target Beneficiaries:Heat-vulnerable communities, Residents
Phase of Impact:Emergency response and management
Metrics:Number of community members reached
Intervention Scale:City, Neighborhood
Authority and Governance:City government
Implementation Timeline:Short-term (1-2 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:CBOs, City government, Public
Funding Sources:Grants and philanthropy, Public investment
Capacity to Act:High, Low, Medium
Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):Provide flood protection
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Build community capacity, Build social cohesion, Improve human health