Linda Rudolph MD, MPH ’81

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The White House honored Linda Rudolph as one of 11 “Champions of Change” working on the front lines to protect public health in a changing climate. Rudolph leads the Public Health Institute’s Center for Public Health and Climate Change.

A nationally recognized public health physician and expert on climate change and public health, Rudolph works with people across a broad spectrum of public health activities to incorporate health considerations into climate change action, and climate change considerations  into work to promote healthy communities and health equity.

The White House recognized the 11 Champions for raising awareness about the health consequences of climate change and helping their communities prepare for climate-related health impacts. From doctors and educators helping communities cope with poor air quality worsened by carbon pollution, to a patient who has suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease advocating for clean air protections, each Champion is leading the way on climate and health.

In her former role as deputy director for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the California Department of Public Health, Rudolph was the first chair of the Health in All Policies Task Force, a multi-agency cross-sector collaboration to find win-win solutions that simultaneously address health, equity and sustainability. She also chaired the California Climate Action Team Public Health Work Group.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire their communities.

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