Urban heat is a growing public health crisis in Maricopa County. Vulnerable populations, especially the elderly, children, those with pre-existing conditions, individuals with low socioeconomic status, and minorities are especially at risk for heat related illnesses. These risks are amplified by landscape level differences. This project will create a CARE (Community Asset Resource Enterprise) Campus Resilience Hub that supports all residents and will respond to heat and air quality challenges during the summer, emergencies, and recovery times while addressing inequalities and their root causes. Further, and more importantly, building this Resilience Hub will build community capacity, shift power dynamics, increase the shared health of the community, and provide access to relief services in emergency situations.
Healthy Urban Environments