There’s still time to register for Friday’s climate health panel discussion

October 18, 2022

There’s still time to register for the California Medical Association’s (CMA) climate health panel discussion, “Understanding the Climate Health Crisis and How California Physicians Can Make an Impact.” Taking place on Friday, October 21, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., in conjunction with the CMA House of Delegates meeting, the two-hour panel will be open to in-person attendance or via Zoom.

Co-sponsored by Climate Health Now and the California Foundation for the Environment and Economy (CFEE), this discussion will explore the health impacts of climate change in California and opportunities for California physicians to advance climate solutions at the policy level with huge public health implications benefits.

If you are interested in attending in person or via Zoom, please register here.


Rohan Radhakrishna, MD, MPH
Deputy Director, Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health
Dr. Radhakrishna was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom and confirmed by the Senate to lead the Office of Health Equity (OHE). He serves as Deputy Director, Chief Capital Officer and Tribal Liaison for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). It aims to develop partnerships to change narratives and power structures to help create a California for all.

MP Luz Rivas
California Legislature, District 39
Assemblyman Rivas is committed to advocating for environmental justice through his role as Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and as the Assemblyman representing Assembly District 39. During her time in the legislature, she authored successful environmental policy legislation.

Lisa Patel, PhD, MPH
Deputy Executive Director of the Medical Society Climate and Health Consortium; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University
Dr. Patel is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health and Climate Change. She is a former Presidential Associate for Management at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jason Vargo, Ph.D
Senior Climate Risk and Equity Research Fellow, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Dr. Vargo is a senior researcher in the Community Development team at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, focused on understanding the role of climate risks and equity in ensuring an inclusive and prosperous economy for all. He was the Lead Scientist in CDPH’s Climate Change and Health Equity Division. During the pandemic, he led CDPH’s COVID-19 modeling team and was scientific director of the California Health Equity Benchmark, the first of its kind in the nation.

Debra Gor-Mann, MBA
President and CEO, The Greenlining Institute
Gore-Mann is president and CEO of The Greenlining Institute. Debra has over 25 years of leadership experience in for-profit and private research universities and over ten years of business development experience in the private sector. Debra received a BA in Management and an MBA in Finance from Stanford University. She serves on numerous boards of non-profit organizations and foundations that work to serve communities whose activities include criminal justice, nonviolence and youth education opportunities.

Walt Vernon
Director and CEO, Mazzetti Climate Action Consulting, affiliated with the National Academy of Medicine. A major climate change challenge
Vernon has nearly 30 years of experience in surveying, planning and designing healthcare facilities. His contributions to the industry include serving as a founding member of the Built Environment Network, which aims to advance knowledge in the healthcare network.

Ashley McClure MD, FACP
Co-Founder and Co-Director, Climate Health Now
Dr. McClure is a Seattle native who attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and trained in internal medicine at the University of Washington. She has been practicing outpatient primary care in Oakland, CA since 2016. She is the co-founder and co-director of Climate Health Now, a California-based community organizing nonprofit that brings the trusted voices of California’s health community to the climate movement in to achieve equity in health care.


Jerry Abraham, MD, MPH

Trustee, CMA Board of Trustees
Dr. Abraham is Director and Chief Vaccinologist at Kedren Vaccines; President-Elect, Los Angeles County Medical Association; Trustee, California Medical Association; and advisor to the American Medical Association. Dr. Abraham completed the Center for Health Justice Climate Health Fellowship, which helps lead the physician climate change movement at the American Medical Association and serves as a CMA Climate Champion – helping to organize education and advocacy for California health professionals.

Jay Hansen
President and CEO, California Foundation for the Environment and Economy (CFEE)
Hansen is president and CEO of the California Foundation for the Environment and the Economy (CFEE), a nonprofit institution that works with California state legislators, state and regulatory agencies to build consensus on our state’s pressing issues. Prior to CFEE, Hansen worked at the California Medical Association as its Chief Strategy Officer. He also served as CEO of her foundation, Physicians for a Healthy California, which he led through a major rebranding effort resulting in significant growth and establishing the leadership of California physicians in promoting the health of our state.


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