Plenary Panel I: Health Impacts of Climate on Vulnerable Populations
Climate change exacerbates risks for vulnerable populations, particularly related to air quality, extreme precipitation and drought, rising temperatures and humidity, vector-borne diseases, storms, and wildfires. This panel will describe how weather-related events are especially impacting the health disparities of children, the elderly, and indigenous populations. During the discussion, panelists will discuss links to social determinants of health and recommendations for helping to build resistance against climate health effects.
Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Professor of Public Health at the University of Toledo
Dr. Amy Thompson is the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Professor of Public Health at the University of Toledo. Dr. Thompson is the former national president of Eta Sigma Gamma and completed two terms as the National Advocacy Trustee for the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), where she was responsible for policy and resolution development and planning the annual SOPHE Advocacy Summit. She has published over 75 peer reviewed journal articles and secured nearly $1.4 million in in grant funding.
Co-Manager, Tribes & Climate Change Program, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Office of Native American Initiatives, Northern Arizona University
Nikki Cooley, Diné, MF, Co-Manager, Tribes & Climate Change Program, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Office of Native American Initiatives, Northern Arizona University. Nikki is the co-founder of the Native American River Guide Training Program and fifth World Discoveries, was the first Native American Present and Vice-President of the Grand Canyon River Guides Association.
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH
Executive Director for the Children’s Environmental Health Network
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH, Executive Director for the Children’s Environmental Health Network. She is a leader in the field of children’s environmental health, serving as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Environmental Health Science Roundtable, and co-chair of the leadership council for the national conversation on public health and chemical exposures.
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.