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Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH

Principal Investigator

Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Center for Climate Change and Health at PHI. She also provides consultation to local jurisdictions to advance implementation of Health in All Policies, and participates internationally in training and consultation related to HiAP and climate change and health.

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

Rudolph has also served as chief medical officer for Medi-Cal Managed Care, medical director for the California Division of Workers’ Compensation, and a physician for the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers’ International Union.

Rudolph received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and MPH (Epidemiology) from UC Berkeley. She 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.

Changing the Narrative on Climate and Health

This project builds on the work of the Global Climate and Health Forum, working to garner support for a California-specific Call for Action on Climate, Health, and Equity and to distribute the Call to California electeds and officials.

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.

Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments (2018)

Download the guide In 2005, 35 individuals died over a 9-day period of extreme...

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Climate Justice Changes Health: Local, Tribal, Global, and Generational (Webinar) (2017)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has declared 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health. Tune in to this recording of the year's ...

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PHI's Linda Rudolph on Viral Podcast: Public Health and Climate Change (2017)

How does climate change impact our health, and what can communities do to to take action? In this episode of Viral, hosts Linsey Grove and Quin...

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PHI's Mary Pittman and Linda Rudolph on KPFA's "About Health" (2017)

The role of public health can often go unseen by the general public—until there's a crisis. What can we do to change this perception? How...

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Progressing the Sustainable Development Goals through Health in All Policies: Case studies from around the world (2017)

Although policy-makers are increasingly aware of the need to work across sectors, change is not easy. Understanding and addressing the underlying d...

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Protecting the Health and Well-being of Communities in a Changing Climate: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief (2017)

A March 13, 2017 workshop explored the implications of climate change for population health and the potential mitigation and adaptation strategies ...

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A Physician’s Guide to Climate Change, Health and Equity (2016)

Physicians are trusted in their communities on issues of health and wellness, which makes them invaluable messengers when it comes to helping indiv...

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An Assessment of the Health and Safety Implications of Coal Transport through Oakland (2016)

Public Health Advisory Panel on Coal in Oakland: JUNE 13, 2016 A panel of public health experts considered the health and safety implications r...

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Climate and Health Posters (2016)

What does climate change have to do with allergies, heart health, heat-related diseases, asthma and our food? Created by PHI's Center ...

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Climate Change and Health Communications: Workshop Summary (2016)

Health is a shared value across a wide spectrum of the U.S. population. Using a health frame to communicate to the public and policy makers ab...

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PHI's Linda Rudolph on "Climate Health, Your Health: Prevention Is Protection" (2016)

Climate disruption is not only a threat to the planet's ecosystems, but is harming our health.  Dr. Linda Rudolph from PHI's ...

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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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Webinar: Lancet Countdown on Public Health and Climate Change (2016)

In December 2016, Island Press, the Public Health Institute and the Security and Sustainability Forum held a webinar introducing the Lancet Countdo...

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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)

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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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Climate Change

The Public Health Institute considers climate change to be one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. We are dedicated ...

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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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Health Equity & Social Justice

Our health and wellbeing are directly impacted by our community environments. Unfortunately, not all environments are designed to promote and suppo...

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Health in All Policies

Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decisio...

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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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