As temperatures rise with climate change, how can Houston beat the heat?

HARC in the News


by Nushin Huq, National Catholic Reporter

Hot and humid is the norm for a Houston summer, and air conditioning and staying inside during peak heat are necessities. But many Houstonians can’t take refuge from the heat and are prone to severe heat-related illnesses.

Sr. Ricca Dimalibot, a physician and member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, attends to patients suffering from effects of extreme heat. Dimalibot is medical director of the CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic, which provides health care to uninsured and underserved in the Greater Houston area.

Her patients include workers with outdoor jobs, elderly people and families that live in large family units. Patients often come into her office with flushed faces because they don’t have air conditioning in their cars.


While Houston was one of several cities that participated, it was the largest area that had ever been mapped in this way. We had the largest area and the most volunteers that had ever worked together on this format of the heat mapping projects.

Dr. Meredith Jennings, HARC