Participatory Modeling of the Phoenix Heat Relief Network Cooling Centers
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
An important result of the interviews is that most cooling centers are not connected with other cooling centers that would allow sharing of unevenly distributed resources and coordination of service availability. When network connections with other cooling centers were encountered during cooling center manager interviews, they were either directly connected to the central HRN through annual participation recruitment contact or to local informal networks related to the organization’s normal operations. These interviews reveal that many cooling centers contact local informal network members for bottled water donation. The scarcity of network connections suggests that increasing these connections could be useful in increasing contextual awareness of individual cooling centers as part of a larger network rather than operating in isolation. Including formal and informal network connections and jurisdictional boundaries were also found to be important based on interview results.