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An issue of growing public concern is the reach and effectiveness of heat health warning systems and emergency preparedness tools, especially for those at the highest risk. A new publication, titled “Recommendations for increasing the reach and effectiveness of heat risk education and warning messaging”, analyzed thermal climate conditions in San Diego County, California during the warm season, and conducted four virtual focus groups composed of heat-vulnerable community members and representatives in the county. Discussion questions included (1) whether or not heat health is a concern in their community; (2) the types of heat health education or warning systems that currently exist in their community; (3) opportunities and barriers that exist to protect against heat health; and (4) opportunities to foster/overcome barriers. Focus group results were analyzed using a qualitative analysis software.

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