Join Dialogue4Health (D4H) for a dynamic, solutions-oriented discussion with the authors of an important new report, The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans and How to Close the Gap. This conversation is the second in a series of D4H Web Forums around climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Forum will focus on the hidden and often unequal impact climate change will have on the health of people of color and the poor in the United States, and policies to address this gap. It will also take a closer look at the global warming legislation currently moving through Congress (the draft Waxman-Markey Bill). Additionally, the challenges implementing California's landmark Global Warming Solution Act will be discussed. This report was co-funded by the Hewlett, Energy and Annenberg Foundations.



Rachel Morello-Frosch, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Rachel Morello-Frosch is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Morello-Frosch’s research examines race and class determinants of environmental health among diverse communities in the United States. A focus of her work is…

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Manuel Pastor, PhD

Professor, Geography and American Studies and Ethnicity

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California where he also serves as Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC’s Center for Sustainable Cities and co-Director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration…

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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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Nidia Bautista

Policy Director

Coalition for Clean Air

Los Angeles, CA

Nidia Bautista serves as Policy Director and has been with CCA since 2003. Currently based in Sacramento, she is responsible for managing the organization’s advocacy and outreach efforts in California’s inland valleys. Previously, Nidia served as field representative for Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis, worked on several progressive campaigns throughout Los…

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Daniella Gratale, MA

Director, Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy


Washington, DC

Daniella Gratale is the Director of the Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy at Nemours Children’s Health System (Nemours). In this role, she oversees policy development and advocacy to advance Nemours’ federal agenda through engagement with Congress, the Administration and national experts. Daniella and her team partner with national…

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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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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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Presentation Slides


Date Published: Friday, January 31, 2014

The Climate Gap | Executive Summary