Preventing heat-associated morbidity and mortality is a public health priority in Maricopa County, Arizona (United States). The objective of this project was to evaluate Maricopa County cooling centers and gain insight into their capacity to provide relief for the public during extreme heat events.

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    • Corresponding Author: Vjollca Berisha Maricopa County Department of Public Health, opens in a new window
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    Berisha, V, et. al. (2017). Assessing adaptation strategies for extreme heat: a public health evaluation of cooling centers in Maricopa County, Arizona. Weather, Climate, and Society, 9:1, 71-80. DOI:

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