Climate Action Team Public Health Workgroup Meetings


This page last reviewed October 30, 2019

Next Meeting: Winter 2020 (TBD)

Past Meetings (in chronological order, starting with the most recent)

Mobilizing California's Public Health Sector

October 31, 2019 Meeting


Welcome / Introductions

  • Calfornia Department of Public Health (CDPH) - Climate Change & Health Equity Program

Mobilizing the Public Health Sector to Address the Climate Emergency

  • Linda Helland, Team Lead, Climate Change & Health Equity Program, CDPH
  • Solange Gould, Chief, Health Equity Policy and Planning Unit, Office of Health Equity, CDPH

Health Departments Advocating for Climate Action

  • Linda Rudolph, Director, Center for Climate Change and Health, Public Health Institute (PHI)

Building the Partnerships with Health and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs)-Lessons from Health Equity Advocates and Partners

  • Opening/Framing-Solange Gould, CDPH
  • Martha Dina-Arguello, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles
  • Jenny Bard, Director, Health Partnerships, Advocacy and Public Policy, American Lung Association in Califoria

Discussion: California Local Health Departments - Mobilizing Climate Action

  • Rohan Radhakrishna, Deputy Health Officer and Improvement Advisor, Contra Costa Health Services, County of Contra Costa
  • Linda Rudolph, Public Health Institute

"Wildfires, Climate Change, and Public Health"

June 10, 2019 Meeting



  • Opening Remarks
    -Amanda Hansen, Deputy Secretary for Climate and Energy, CA Natural Resources Agency
  • Wildfires, Climate Change, and Health Equity: Overview and Framing
    -Solange Gould, Chief, Health Equity Policy & Planning Unit, Office of Health Equity, CDPH
  • Working with Tribal Communities in Response to Wildfires
    -Denise Shemenski, Tribal Advisor, CA Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES

“Preparing for the Health Effects of Drought: A Workshop for Public Health Professionals and Partners”

February 4, 2019 Meeting


"Integrating Health into the Global Climate Action Summit"

July 17, 2018 Meeting


"Healthy Soils, Human Health, and Climate Change"

February 7, 2018 Meeting


October 17, 2017

"Tree Health, Human Health, and Climate Change"

  • Opening Comments
       -Linda Helland, Program Analist, Team Lead, Climate Change & Health Equity Program, California Department of Public Health (CDPH)


Health Threats of Tree Mortality

Research on Urban Forestry and Benefits to Health and Equity

State Actions and Activities

July 18, 2017

"Active Transportation, Climate Change, and Health Equity"


SB 1 (2017) - California Transportation Funding
  • SB 1 Summary
       -Kate White, Deputy Secretary, Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination, California Sate Transportatioin Agency (CalSTA)
Autonomous Vehicles (AVs)

May 23, 2017

"Public Health Dimensions of Oil and Gas Production in California"


PART ONE:  Oil and Gas Production: Health Research and Lived Experiences
  • Examining the Health and Equity Implications of Oil and Gas Extraction (Not included:  See Speaker Contacts below)
       -Rachel Morello-Frosch, UC Berkeley

PART TWO:  Current Actions and Regulations

Speaker Contacts
Speaker Resources

Community air quality monitoring graphs from Kern County (Presenter: Gustavo Aguirre Jr)
Aliso Canyon Updates and Resources  (Presenter: Alan Walker)
Oil & Natural Gas Production, Processing, and Storage (Presenter: Jim Nyarady)

February 1, 2017

"Climate Change and Health Equity: 2016 Activities and Looking Ahead"

All presentations:  Here

Climate Change Mitigation and Health Equity
  • 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update – Public Health
       -Dan Woo, Climate Change and Health Equity Program, California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Climate Change Adaption and Health Equity
  • Safeguarding California in 2017: Public Health Chapter
       -Frank Molina, CDC PHAP Associate, Climate Change and Health Equity Program, CDPH
  • Executive Order B-30-15 Implementation – Guidance for State Agencies on Assuring Health Equity as they Take Climate Change into Account in Infrastructure and Investment Plans
       -Linda Helland,Climate Change and Health Equity Program, CDPH
  • Collaborations with Climate Justice Communities
       -Linda Helland,Climate Change and Health Equity Program, CDPH
  • New Funding Cycle (2016-2021) Proposed Major Activities on Extreme Heat Workgroup and Local Health Department Partnerships
 -Dorette English, CalBRACE Program Manager, Climate Change and Health Equity Program, CDPH
 -Rickie Cleere, CivicSpark Fellow, CalBRACE, Climate Change and Health Equity Program, CDPH

October 18, 2016

"Climate Change and Mental Health"


Overview of Mental Health Challenges Posed by Climate Change Strategies to Address Climate Change and Mental Health

April 19, 2016

"Climate Change and Extreme Heat"


Overview of Extreme Heat Projections and Vulnerability in California Urban Heat Islands
Urban and Community Greening
Local Level Response and Planning

January 19, 2016

“California Climate Action: Local Health Department and Community Stakeholder Engagement in Climate Policy"

  • Community/Nonprofit Group Presentations--Engagement on Climate & Health Equitey at State Level
    American Lung Association in California
-Bonnie Holmes-Gen, Senior Director, Air Quality and Climate
-William Barrett, Senior Policy Analyst
-Jenny Bard, Director, Partner Engagement and Media Advocacy
Community Engagement in State Climate Policy
-Martha Dina Arguello, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles (PSR-LA)

October 13, 2015

“Climate Adaptation Planning with Regional Collaboratives and Local Health Departments"

  • Regional collaboration on health-related climate adaptation – Introduction
Building Resilience through Collaboration - Sacramento County
   -Judy Robinson, Prinipal Planner/Sustainability Manager, County of Sacramento
Climate Change and Health in the Bay Area
   -Michael Kent, MEn, Ombudsman, Hazardous Material Program, Contra Costa County
   -Bruce Riordan, Program Director, Climate Readiness Institute
Climate Change and Public Health in the Sierra Nevada (no slides)
   -Diana Madson, Manager, Sierra CAMP (Climate Adaption & Mitigation Partnership)
   -Robert Ryder, MD, MSc, Health Officer, County of Mariposa
Collaboration for Resiliency and Public Health in the Los Angeles Region
   -Krista Kline, JD, MELP, Managing Director, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)
   -Elizabeth Rhoades, PhD, Climate Change Policy & Programming, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
    -Linda Helland, MPH, CPH and Dan Woo, MS, MPH, Climate and Health Team, CDPH

February 24, 2015

“Climate Change and Health Equity in California"


October 8, 2014

“Promoting Active Transportation (AT):  The Health and Climate Benefits"


July 22, 2014

“Wildfire and Health in a Changing Climate"


May 1, 2014 

“Climate Change and Health:  Finding Opportunities for Action with Local Health Departments"


February 27, 2014


Agenda Links:
In this meeting CDPH will facilitate an open discussion for participants to share their comments on the Public Health Chapter of Safeguarding California, focused on the chapter’s priority action areas.  Written comments were due to the California Natural Resources Agency by 5 pm on Feb 28, 2014.

November 20, 2013 at 1 pm


September 26, 2013

  • "Assessing Public Health Knowledge of Climate Change and Role in Climate Action"
    Solange Gould, Senior Research Associate, Public Health Institute Presentation
  • "Creating and Mapping an Urban Heat Island Index for California"
    Bill Dean, California Environmental Protection Agency Presentation
  • "Urban Greening for Sustainable Communities Grant Program"
    Polly Escovedo, Program Manager, California Natural Resources Agency Presentation
  • "Bay Area Climate and Energy Resilience Project"
    Bruce Riordan, The Joint Policy Committee Presentation
  • "Resilient Sacramento: Regional Adaptation Collaborative"
    Kate Meis, Associate Director, Local Government Commission Presentation
  • "State Climate Change Programs"
    Michael McCormick, Seminor Planner, Governor's Office of Planning & Research Presentation

June 4, 2013

  • University of California, Office of the President
    John Kendle, Director of Operations Presentation
  • St. John’s Medical Center, Stockton, Dignity Healthcare Network
    John Kendle, Director of Operations Presentation
  • San Francisco Physicians for Social Responsibility and Healthy Food in Health Care Campaign and
    Food Matters Program/Health Care Without Harm.  Lucia Sucre, Co-Director Presentation

December 10, 2012

  • Extreme Heat Adaptation Interim Guidance: Public Review and Comment Period-Update

September 10, 2012


July 9, 2012

April 30, 2012

November 28, 2011

July 14, 2011

December 1, 2010

September 13, 2010

April 20, 2010

February 8, 2010

CAT Public Health Workgroup meeting

January 27, 2010

HIA Cap-and-Trade brainstorming meeting

December 17, 2009

Climate Action Team Public Health Workgroup

September 14, 2009

Climate Action Team Public Health Workgroup

July 6, 2009

Climate Action Team Public Health Workgroup

June 18, 2009

Climate Action Team Public Health Workgroup

For questions, please contact: Daniel Woo at (510) 620-5934.