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Climate and Heat Health Task Force

The Climate and Heat Health Task Force will prioritize short-term actions, create a framework for prioritizing future actions and for monitoring progress, and recommend staffing and other resource needs for implementation around extreme heat. The CHO will then be responsible for implementing this community-wide comprehensive and inclusive strategy. The CHO will work closely with the Office of the Mayor, Miami-Dade's Office of Resilience and County leadership to address heat within all aspects of city planning and capital investments, and with other stakeholders, including the municipalities, public health and healthcare, community organizations, corporate and regional partners. 

The Task Force will be made up of appointed members representing policy makers, scientific experts, and health care professionals as well as two citizen members who will ensure community voices are heard and lifted up in the formation of the heat plan. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for one of the two community positions on the Task Force, visit The Miami Foundation's Extreme Heat page and apply there. 

Goals for Addressing Extreme Heat

The Chief Heat Officer, with the guidance of an interagency Climate and Heat Health Task Force, will create and implement an interdepartmental and community-wide plan for addressing the increasing risks of extreme heat as it impacts human health, lives and livelihoods. This plan will be integrated and aligned with other County and regional plans, focused on improving coordination and accelerating existing initiatives and creating new policies and programs to:
  1. Improve public and employer education and awareness of heat health risks and how to avoid heat-related illnesses
  2. Expand emergency management and healthcare capacity to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths
  3. Increase access to affordable, efficient and reliable air-conditioning through expanded weatherization and housing retrofit programs; and
  4. Integrate heat-related considerations in the designs and maintenance of our streetscapes, parks and open space