During this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Brendon Haggerty, interim supervisor of Healthy Homes and Communities at the Multnomah County Health Department, shares changes made since the 2021 heat dome, highlight transferable lessons, and share resources for other public health agencies.

Brendon discusses climate change as an equity issue and the effect of mass deaths from the heat and COVID-19 pandemic on public health staff. He also provides information on the county’s new interventions, worst case scenario planning, and mitigation practices.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand and be able to articulate the magnitude of health impacts from the 2021 Pacific Northwest heat dome.
  • Evaluate strengths and shortcomings of public health preparedness for heat events.
  • Navigate to resources describing best practices in heat response.

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners


Brendon Haggerty, MURP
Interim Healthy Homes and Communities Supervisor
Multnomah County Health Department

Discussion Questions

  • The heat dome interacted with the pandemic to create layered hazards. What other types of hazards could likely overlap with future heat events?
  • What are factors that could cause a community to experience a greater impact to heat events? Do those factors apply to the communities your organization serves?
  • How have surveillance practices changed as a result of the heat events or climate change?


Continuing Education Credits

Up to 1 CPH recertification credit may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.

NASA image of the June 2021 heat dome event
Air Date: 
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT
Emergency Preparedness & Disasters
Environmental Health
1 hour
Hot Topics in Practice
Competency Domains: 
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills