Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH
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.