Hot Spots for Heat Resilience in Border Cities (2017-2018)

This project aims to increase resilience to the public health risks of dangerous extreme heat episodes in the U.S.-
Mexico border region. We will focus resilience efforts and resources on residents in underserved colonias of San Elizario, TX, and among expectant mothers. (Colonias are characterized by a lack of public services and basic infrastructure, such as potable water). We focus on extreme heat environmental justice, because: (1) residents of colonias and expectant mothers (with their unborn fetuses and infants) are particularly vulnerable to extreme heat, (2) risks are amplified by substandard housing and infrastructure, and (3) heat risks are projected to increase.

Partners include AYUDA (environmental protection advocates for low-income residents), Paso del Norte Red de
Promotoras (community health workers, “promotoras”), maternal health providers, and researchers from multiple institutions and disciplines. The project goals include:
● co-develop, implement, and evaluate a certified heat-health risk-training program and neighborhood network
building strategy;
● develop and evaluate low-cost interventions to reduce negative heat-health impacts to residents and expectant
mothers; and
● organize a prototype border-wide learning network, to improve heat-health preparedness.

Funded by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice (