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Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH

Principal Investigator

Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, is the director of the Climate Change and Public Health Project in PHI's Center for Climate Change and Public Health. She is also the principal investigator on a PHI project to advance the integration of Health in All Policies in local jurisdictions around California.

Previously, Rudolph served as the deputy director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)'s Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Public Health and the health officer and public health director for the City of Berkeley, CA. While at CDPH, Rudolph chaired the Strategic Growth Council Health in All Policies Task Force and the California Climate Action Team Public Health Work Group. 

Rudolph has also been the chief medical officer for Medi-Cal Managed Care, medical director for the California Division of Workers' Compensation, executive medical director for the Industrial Medical Council, staff physician in the CDPH Occupational Health program, and a physician for the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers' International Union.

Rudolph received her doctorate in medicine and clinical training in pediatrics and emergency medicine from the University of California at San Francisco. She holds a master's in public health from the University of California at Berkeley. Rudolph is board certified in occupational medicine.

Building Local Health Department Capacity in Health in All Policies

The project will provide consultation services to health departments in California to promote cross-sector strategies in local government that address health disparities resulting in increased abilities for city and county agencies to implement HiAP practices as well as implement existing policies.  Project will also incorporate Health Disadvantage Index or other metrics that assess health and socioeconomic disadvantage into tools used at state and local level to identify disadvantaged communities.

Building the California Department of Public Health's Climate Change Capacity

This project works with the California Department of Public Health to identify current activities of community-based environmental justice and health advocacy organizations that are germane policy related to climate change. It assesses interest and understanding of the relationship between climate change and health, to develop initial recommendations for community outreach and engagement.

Climate Change and Health: Building Capacity and Leveraging the Health Voice

The goal of this project is to train physicians affiliated with the California Medical Association Foundation's Network of Ethnic Physicians Organizations (NEPO) on the basics of climate change, health, and equity; support them to conduct education and outreach on climate change and health for colleagues, community organizations, media, and policy-makers.

Climate Change, Health and Equity: Framework to Action

Using a Center-developed framework on the intersections among climate change, health and health equity as a guide, this project seeks to: catalyze and support health sector engagement on climate change and integration of health and equity into climate action, through advocacy, training, and support. The Center is supporting a national learning collaborative for urban local health departments to integrate climate change into the work of LHDs.

Creating a Climate for Health

This project's goals are to foster public health sector engagement and partnerships to mitigate climate change and to build community and public health system resilience to adapt to climate change. The project is developing an organizing framework for public health worker engagement; implementing pilot projects that model community climate action; and developing targeted climate communications and advocacy support for the public health sector.

Health in All Policies Guide

PHI is creating a Health in All Policies  (HiAP) Guide in response to growing interest in infusing health considerations into government decision-making across a broad spectrum of policy areas.  While the Guide draws heavily on the experiences of the California HiAP Task Force, it describes a variety of approaches and structures and shares case examples from local, state, national and international efforts.

U.S. Climate and Health Alliance

PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health hosts the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance, which brings together public health and health care workers from across the U.S. to amplify the health voice on what The Lancet has called "the biggest global health threat of the 21st century." Alliance members will come together to share information, identify ways to engage and work to ensure that health and health equity are at the forefront of all U.S. programs and policies to address climate change.

PHI's Linda Rudolph on "Climate One: Health Hazards of One Degree" (2016)

Global warming is hitting closer to home than we think, from a neighborhood child gasping with asthma to a parent collapsing from heatstroke. These...

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Climate Change, Health, and Equity: Opportunities for Action (2015)

  Climate change and health inequities are the greatest global health threats of the 21st century. In this report, PHI's Center for Cl...

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Climate Change and Health: A Framework for Action (2014)

This framework maps climate change processes against a social determinants of health framework to identify opportunities for action at the intersec...

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Why We Need Climate, Health, and Equity in All Policies (2014)

In a commentary for the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, PHI's Dr. Linda Rudolph and Solange Gould call...

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Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Government (2013)

Health in All Policies   The Public Health Institute provides technical support for Health in All Policies initiatives at both the sta...

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Health in All Policies: Improving Health Through Intersectoral Collaboration (2013)

In this discusson paper, Linda Rudolph and colleagues explain the need for health in all policies approaches to confront complex and current h...

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PHI Submission to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2013 (2013)

Read the Public Health Institute’s submission to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which asks for the prioritization of funding for ...

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Capacity Building & Training

With diverse public health programs spanning the globe, PHI understands how strong leadership and organizational management can enhance the success...

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Coalition & Network Building

Building strong coalitions and networks is essential to solving today’s pressing public health issues. The Public Health Institute (PHI) can ...

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Curriculum Development

Building up the next generation of public health leaders requires an investment in public health education and experiential learning opportunities....

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Leadership Development

Today's public health challenges are complex, rapidly evolving, and call for a new approach to leadership development—one that advances h...

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Public Policy Advocacy

With experience across a range of policy areas and issues, combined with our strong record working side-by-side with business, government, and comm...

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Public Policy Development

The Public Health Institute believes in the importance of research- and community-based approaches to policy development. PHI produces forward...

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