Chronic disease rates are increasing in epidemic proportions at the same time as the environment is also experiencing significant quality decline. America’s love affair with automobiles, fast food and other modern conveniences are taking a toll on our health while our carbon footprint grows bigger along with our waistlines. A panel of experts will examine some of the health issues and implications of urban sprawl and increasing pollution and will also consider some of the policy opportunities that new legislation and new coalitions offer.

Listeners will be able to participate by posing questions for the guest speakers and post their reactions and policy ideas via a live blog and instant messaging. The forum's interactive and participatory approach is the catalyst for an unprecedented process. Your participation will help to build knowledge and share solutions based on your experience. We hope that by offering the opportunity to incorporate the perspectives, experiences, and insights of all participants we will tap into the vast pools of knowledge where optimal solutions reside.  

Presenters

Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH

Co-Director, Center for Climate Change and Health

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

Dr. Linda Rudolph works at the Public Health Institute on Health in All Policies, Climate Change and Health, and Healthy Communities. She previously served as Deputy Director, California Department of Public Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; in that role, she served as the founding chair of…

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Rick Cole

City Manager

City of Ventura

Ventura, CA

Rick Cole has been City Manager of Ventura since 2004, emphasizing accountability, a balanced budget, civic engagement and smart growth. 

Cole previously served six years as City Manager of Azusa, California, Southern California Director of the Local Government Commission, Mayor of Pasadena, Executive Director of the West Hollywood Marketing Corporation…

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David Lighthall, PhD

Senior Scientist

Central Valley Health Policy Institute

Fresno, CA

David has been a Senior Scientist at the Central Valley Health Policy Institute since 2002, His current research centers on environmental health with an emphasis on air quality policy in the San Joaquin Valley. 

David previously served as  Executive Director of the California Institute for Rural Studies and a professor…

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Moderator

Alexandra Destler, EdM

Director, Health and Climate Change Leaders Program

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

Alexandra Destler is a Project Director at Public Health Institute, focusing on creating innovative leadership education programming as a powerful tool to advance environmental sustainability in organizations and industries; cross sector partnership development focused on shared vision and sustainability issues; assessing and adapting mental models and worldviews; and changing the…

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Matthew Marsom

Vice President, Public Policy and Programs

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

As Vice President for Public Policy and Programs for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the public policy goals of the organization’s domestic and global health programs. He is responsible for designing and implementing strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting…

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