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Balbus-100x118John M. Balbus, M.D., M.P.H.
John M. Balbus, M.D., M.P.H., is the Senior Advisor for Public Health to the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, serving as a key NIEHS liaison to its external constituencies and leading NIEHS efforts on global environmental health and climate change. In this capacity, he serves as HHS principal to the U.S. Global Change Research Program and also co-chairs working groups on Climate Change and Human Health for the US Global Change Research Program and for the National Institutes of Health.  Balbus was a lead author for the health chapter of the 3rd US National Climate Assessment and contributed the section on vulnerable populations to Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.6, the health and human systems monograph of the 2nd National Climate Assessment.  He served as review editor of the Urban chapter for the recent 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is a co-convening lead author of the ongoing USGCRP Climate Health Assessment.

Before joining NIEHS, Dr. Balbus was Chief Health Scientist for the non-governmental organization Environmental Defense Fund for seven years. He was also on the faculty of The George Washington University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Health Services, where he was founding Director of the Center for Risk Science and Public Health and Acting Chairman of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.  Dr. Balbus received his A.B. degree in Biochemistry from Harvard University, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Clarke-100x118Andy Clarke
Andy Clarke, with more than 25 years of experience in cycling advocacy, is currently the president of the League of American Bicyclists. His past experience includes stints at Rails to Trails Conservancy, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, the Bicycle Federation of America (now the National Center for Bicycling and Walking), and as a consultant to the Federal Highway Administration. Clarke is a 1984 graduate of the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom with an undergraduate degree in law. He is a founding member of  America Bikes and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals. Clarke’s passion for cycling started when he was growing up in England, and has stayed with him through hundreds of thousands of miles of cycling on four continents. He is recognized as a policy expert on almost every aspect of bicycling, and still enjoys a tough climb on his Trek touring bike better than anything else. Clarke lives in Fairfax, Va. with his wife, Kristin, and two children Ashton and Jacqueline.

Demaio-100x118Dr. Alessandro Demaio
Global Health Fellow in Non-Communicable Diseases, Harvard Medical School and Copenhagen School of Global Health

Dr. Alessandro Demaio trained and worked as a medical doctor in Melbourne, Australia. While working as a doctor at The Alfred Hospital, he completed a Masters in Public Health including fieldwork in Cambodia.

In 2010, Alessandro relocated to Denmark and began a PhD in Global Health with the University of Copenhagen, focusing on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). His Ph.D. research was based in Mongolia, working with the Ministry of Health, the UN and other local and international partners to provide an evidence-base for current and future public health and policy responses to the growing burden of NCDs. Other interests include Global Health 2.0 and e-advocacy; the social determinants of health; and development processes.

Alessandro currently holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, Harvard Medical School and the Copenhagen School of Global Health.

Dora-100x118Carlos Dora, M.D., Ph.D.
Carlos Dora, M.D., Ph.D., is a health policy expert with WHO leading work on health impacts of sector policies (energy, transport, housing , extractive industry) involving health impact assessment (HIA) and systems to manage health risks and benefits. He manages the WHO Unit in charge of providing guidance health risks (air pollution, indoors  and outdoors, radiation, occupation), as well as monitoring, evaluation  and tracking related policies and health impacts. Dr Dora leads WHO’s work on “Health in a Green Economy” analyzing  health co-benefits from climate change mitigation policies, and is developing WHO’s work on health indicators for post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.  He is engaged in the health co-benefits of sustainable energy initiatives, including SE4All, GACC, and CCAC. He previously worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine; at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, and as a senior policy adviser to the WHO Director General. Before that he worked in the organization of primary care systems in Brazil, where he also practiced clinical medicine. He served in US and Chinese science and policy committees. His M.Sc. and Ph.D. are from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His publications cover health impacts of sector policies, Health Impact Assessment and health risk communication.

Haines-100x118Professor Sir Andy Haines
Andy Haines is Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Andy Haines was Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine from 2001-October 2010. In that role he was responsible for the management of over 1000 staff and 3700 postgraduate students.  He was previously Professor of Primary Health Care and Head of the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences at University College London, and worked part-time as a general practitioner in North London for many years.  Before that he was a consultant in epidemiology at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit. He was also formerly Director of Research & Development at the National Health Service Executive, North Thames and a member of the Council and the Strategy Board of the Medical Research Council. He is a trustee of UK Biobank and a number of other charitable bodies.  He has worked internationally, including in Nepal and the USA.  He chaired a Task Force on Health Systems Research for WHO which reported in 2005 and the Scientific Advisory Panel for the 2013 WHO World Health Report on ‘Research for Universal Health Coverage’. He coordinated Lancet series on ‘Energy and Health’ and on ‘Climate Change Mitigation and Public Health’ in 2007 and 2009 respectively. He is currently chairing the Lancet Commission on Planetary Health which is assessing the potential health impacts of a range of global environmental changes. He was a lead author of the health chapter for the 2nd and 3rd assessment exercises of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is review editor for the health chapter in the 5th assessment.  He has published many papers in high impact journals on topics such as primary care, health systems research and the relationship between environmental change and health.

Horton-100x118Richard Horton FRCP FRCPCH FMedSci
Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet.  He was born in London and is half Norwegian. He qualified in physiology and medicine from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He then joined The Lancet in 1990, moving to New York as North American Editor in 1993.

Richard was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors and he is a Past-President of the US Council of Science Editors.  He is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and the University of Oslo. He has also received honorary doctorates in medicine from the University of Birmingham, UK, and the Universities of Umea and Gothenburg in Sweden. He is a Council member of University of Birmingham. In 2011, he was appointed co-chair of the independent Expert Review Group overseeing delivery of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy of Women’s and Children’s Health. He is a Senior Associate of the UK health-policy think-tank, the Nuffield Trust.

Richard received the Edinburgh medal in 2007 and the Dean’s medal from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2009. He has written two reports for the Royal College of Physicians of London: Doctors in Society (2005) and Innovating for Health (2009). He wrote Health Wars (2003) about contemporary issues in medicine and health, and he has written regularly for The New York Review of Books and the TLS. He has a strong interest in global health and medicine’s contribution to our wider culture. In 2011, he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine.

Jensen-100x118Genon Jensen
Genon Jensen is Executive Director of the Health and Environment Alliance. Genon has been an official member of the World Health Organization’s European Environment and Health Committee since 2000. She is also on the Steering Committee of the International POPs Elimination Network.

Before setting up the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Genon was Director of the European Public Health Alliance. She has a degree in journalism and international politics from George Washington University in Washington, DC and an MA in European Administrative Studies from the College of Europe, Belgium.

Genon frequently contributes articles on environmental health policy – including on children’s health, pesticides, mercury and climate change – to various European and international specialist publications and newsletters. She is a co-author of several publications and reports, such as Halting the child brain drain: why we need to tackle global mercury contamination, Acting NOW for better health: A 30% reduction target for EU climate policy and The Unpaid Health Bill: how coal power plants make us sick.

Karliner-100x118Joshua Karliner
Josh Karliner has worked as International Team Coordinator and Director of Global Projects for Health Care Without Harm since 2005. In this capacity he leads HCWH’s engagement with international institutions while guiding the development of HCWH’s work in Asia, Africa and Latin America.   Karliner oversees HCWH’s Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network, as well as initiatives on climate change and health, and Mercury Free 2020– the joint initiative with the World Health Organization to eliminate mercury in health care.  He has more than 25 years of experience working on international environmental and human rights issues.  He is author of two books and a wide variety of academic and popular publications on global environmental and health policy.  In the past, Karliner has taught at the University of San Francisco and worked with several national and international NGOs, founding and directing three of them.

Lushniak-100x118Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak
Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, is the Acting United States Surgeon General. Dr. Lushniak articulates the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the Nation. He also oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our Nation.

Dr. Lushniak served as Deputy Surgeon General from November 2010, until July 17, 2013, when he assumed the duties of Acting Surgeon General.

RADM Lushniak was introduced to the USPHS in 1983 as a senior medical student when he completed an elective with the Indian Health Service in Winslow, Arizona. He began his USPHS career in 1988 as a Lieutenant, entering the service as part of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and initially was stationed with the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati, Ohio where he conducted epidemiological investigations of workplace hazards. In 1990 he was accepted for CDC’s long term training program and completed a three year residency in dermatology at the University of Cincinnati after which he established an occupational skin disease program at NIOSH. During his time at CDC he also served on special assignments and disaster response activities in Bangladesh, St. Croix, Russia, and Kosovo, was part of the CDC/NIOSH team at Ground Zero (World Trade Center) and part of the CDC team investigating the anthrax attacks in Washington, DC. In 2004 he transitioned from CDC to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the Chief Medical Officer of the Office of Counterterrorism and was appointed FDA Assistant Commissioner in 2005. While at FDA he was deployed after Hurricane Katrina to serve as the Department of Health and Human Services representative in San Antonio and also served as the FDA Deputy Incident Commander for the 2009 pandemic response. He was promoted to Rear Admiral, Lower Half in 2006 and attained the rank of Rear Admiral, Upper Half in 2010. In 2010 RADM Lushniak completed his tour with the FDA as the FDA Assistant Commissioner, Counterterrorism Policy and Director of the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats within the Office of the Commissioner.

Dr. Lushniak was born in Chicago to post-World War II immigrants from Ukraine. He was admitted to the six-year Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Sciences in 1981 and obtained his medical degree (MD) in 1983. In 1984 he completed the Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree at Harvard University. He completed a residency in family medicine in 1987 at St Joseph Hospital in Chicago and a residency in dermatology at the University of Cincinnati in 1993. RADM Lushniak maintains board certifications in dermatology and preventive medicine (occupational). He served as a staff physician in dermatology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and is adjunct professor of dermatology at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences.

RADM Lushniak served as the co-executive director of the USPHS Music Ensemble from 2007-2011 and is a member of many professional organizations including the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Dermatological Association, the American Contact Dermatitis Society, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS), and the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America. He has received numerous USPHS awards including the Exemplary Service Medal, two Outstanding Service Medals, a Commendation Medal, and two Achievement Awards. In addition he has received the AMA Dr. William Beaumont Award in Medicine and the AMSUS Sustaining Member Lecture Award as well as DHHS Secretary and FDA Commissioner Awards.

A firm believer in leadership by example, RADM Lushniak also promotes the core messages of the National Prevention Strategy via his active lifestyle. He is an avid long-distance bicyclist, runner and hiker. In 2012, he scaled the summit of the most heavily-glaciated peak in the United States, Washington’s 14-thousand foot Mount Rainier. He also leads community Surgeon General’s Walks throughout the United States.  He resides in Rockville, Maryland with his wife Dr. Patricia Cusumano and two daughters Larissa and Stephanie.

Neira-100x118Dr. Maria P. Neira
Dr. Maria P. Neira was appointed Director of the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland in September 2005. Prior to that, she was Vice-Minister of Health and President of the Spanish Food Safety Agency. She had previously held several senior positions in WHO. Dr Neira began her career as a medical coordinator working with refugees in the Salvador and Honduras for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

Dr. Neira is a Spanish national, and a medical doctor by training. She specialized in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases; and Public Health. Dr Neira has been awarded the Médaille de l’Ordre national du Mérite by the Government of France and is a member of the Academy of Medicine, Asturias, Spain.

Patterson-100x118Jacqueline Patterson
Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS.  Previously, she served as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Patterson served as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. She was also a U.S. Peace Corps Jamaica volunteer.

Patterson’s publications/Articles include: “Jobs vs Health: An Unnecessary Dilemma”, “Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue”, “Gulf Oil Drilling Disaster: Gendered Layers of Impact”, “Disasters, Climate Change Uproot Women of Color” and an upcoming book chapter, “Equity in Disasters: Civil and Human Rights Challenges in the Context of Emergency Events” in the book Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster.

Patterson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves on the Gender Justice Working Group of the US Social Forum, the Advisory Committee for The Grandmothers’ Project, the Steering Committee of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, Center for Story Based Strategies and the US Climate Action Network.

Patz-100x118Jonathan Patz, M.D., MPH
Jonathan Patz, M.D., MPH, is Professor & Director of the Global Health Institute (http://www.globalhealth.wisc.edu/ ) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He co-chaired the health expert panel of the US National Assessment on Climate Change and was a convening lead author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.  For the past 15 years, Dr. Patz has been a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC) – the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.  In 1994, Dr. Patz convened the first-ever session on climate change for the American Public Health Association and authored the organization’s first policy resolution on climate change in 1995.

Dr. Patz has written over 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers, a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change, and most recently, a co-edited five-volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (2011).  He organized the first climate change/health briefing to an EPA administrator in 1997 and has been invited to brief both houses of Congress (http://tinyurl.com/climate-health-history) and has served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health.  In addition to sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Patz received an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows Award in 2005, shared the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2006, and earned the distinction of becoming a UW-Madison Romnes Faculty Fellow in 2009, and a Fulbright Scholar award in 2014.

Aside from directing the university-wide UW Global Health Institute, Professor Patz has faculty appointments in the Nelson Institute, Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment (SAGE) and the Department of Population Health Sciences.

Dr. Patz earned medical board certification in both Occupational/Environmental Medicine and Family Medicine and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University (1987) and his Master of Public Health degree (1992) from Johns Hopkins University.

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Janet Rankin, Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise ProfessorJanet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D.
Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech.  She received her undergraduate training at Duke University and a doctoral degree in Nutrition with minor in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis. Previous research in her laboratory concerned the overarching goal of clarifying the optimal nutritional strategies to reduce inflammation in obesity and athletes as well as nutrition for optimal physical performance and body composition. As a result of her experiences and personal passions, current research in her laboratory refocused to the promotion of active transportation to improve health, the environment, and the economy. She is a member of the coordinating committee and a co-chair of the research committee of the national Everybody Walk Coalition. She was on the writing team for the revision of the ACSM position stand on exercise and obesity and on the Institute of Medicine committee charged with making recommendations related to use of dietary supplements in military personnel. In addition to service as President of the regional chapter, the Southeast Regional Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), she has served the national organization, ACSM, as a Fellow, Vice President, Associate Editor for the organization’s official journal, a member or chair on many national committees, and most recently as President of the organization in 2012-13. Her presidential initiative, ActivEarth, is dedicated to promoting active transportation through accessible and safe walking and biking options as a means to better health, environments, and sustainable economies.

Rudolph-100x118Linda Rudolph, M.D., MPH
Linda Rudolph, M.D., MPH, is the co-director of the Climate Change and Public Health Project at PHI’s Center for Climate Change & Health. She is also the principal investigator on a PHI project to advance the integration of Health in All Policies in local jurisdictions around California.

Previously, Rudolph served as the deputy director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)’s Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Public Health and the health officer and public health director for the City of Berkeley, CA. While at CDPH, Rudolph chaired the Strategic Growth Council Health in All Policies Task Force and the California Climate Action Team Public Health Work Group.

Rudolph has also been the chief medical officer for Medi-Cal Managed Care, medical director for the California Division of Workers’ Compensation, executive medical director for the Industrial Medical Council, staff physician in the CDPH Occupational Health program, and a physician for the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers’ International Union.

Rudolph received her doctorate in medicine and clinical training in pediatrics and emergency medicine from the University of California at San Francisco. She holds a master’s in public health from the University of California at Berkeley. Rudolph is board certified in occupational medicine.

Sallis-100x118James F. Sallis, Ph.D.
James F. Sallis, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at University of California, San Diego and Director of Active Living Research, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  His primary research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, nutrition, and obesity.  He has made contributions in the areas of measurement, correlates of physical activity, intervention, and advocacy.  His health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities, and companies.

SPARK physical education and physical activity programs, shown to be effective in NIH-funded studies, are now getting over 1.5 American youth active every day, and these programs are being implemented in China and India. Dr. Sallis was a pioneer in developing the interdisciplinary study of built environment and physical activity, and his team’s NIH-funded studies have examined this topic in age groups from children to older adults. He co-founded IPEN (International Physical Activity and Environment Network) that is conducting NIH-supported coordinated international studies of built environments. He is an author of over 600 scientific publications, co-author of several books, on the editorial boards of multiple journals, and one of the world’s most cited authors in the social sciences. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Solutions.

Dr. Sallis has received awards from the American College of Sports Medicine, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology.  He won the $50,000 Bloomberg-Manulife Prize for Active Health and was given a lifetime achievement award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. His current focus is using research to inform policy and environmental changes that will increase physical activity and reduce childhood obesity.  He is a frequent consultant to universities, health organizations, and corporations worldwide.  Dr. Sallis frequently appears in major media outlets, and Time Magazine identified him as an “obesity warrior”.  http://sallis.ucsd.edu/

Stordalen-100x118Gunhild Stordalen
Gunhild A. Stordalen (born 1979) is a medical doctor from the University of Oslo, Norway, and holds a PhD in pathology/orthopedic surgery. She is the co-funder & chair of the Stordalen Foundation, funder & chair of GreeNudge, funder & director of the EAT Initiative.

Stordalen has been a driving force behind linking climate, health and sustainability, through conferences such as “Global Health – Beyond 2015” (Stockholm, 2013), ReSource2012 (at Oxford University) and helped build up the annual Zero Emission Conference in Oslo. She sits on the Steering Committee of a new UCL-Lancet Commission on policies to address climate change, and sits in The Norwegian Medical Association´s Council on climate, health and human rights. In 2013, the Norwegian Minister of Environment invited Stordalen to join the National Council for Sustainable Urban Planning.

Stordalen serves on the board of several NGOs such ZERO and ECOHZ Renewable Energy Foundation, the international advisory board of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and enterprises such as ECOHZ and Nordic Choice Hotel Group. She is a renowned speaker, debater and published scientist. She was named “Woman of the Year 2013” for her environmental work, by the Norwegian magazine KK, and has been ranked among the 100 most influential Norwegian Women by the financial magazine Kapital.

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The EAT Initiative links food, health and sustainability across science, politics and business. EAT partners with leading academic institutions, such as Harvard, Cornell, Berkeley, New York Academy of Science and the Stockholm Resilience Center. EAT’s Advisory Board consists of 27 international experts. The inaugural EAT Forum May 2014 will gather more than 500 international leaders from science, business and politics www.eatforum.org

GreeNudge has gained international recognition for combining behavioral science and climate measures, and was awarded “Innovation of the Year 2013” by the Norwegian Association of Psychologists www.greenudge.no

Stordalen Foundation funds and promotes initiatives and research on health and sustainability www.stordalenfoundation.no

Takesy-100x118Asterio Takesy
Asterio Takesy is the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America as of January 18, 2012. He was born in 1944 on Onoun Island of Namonwito Atoll, Chuuk State, FSM. He has a long record of public service for FSM, including a previous posting to Washington, DC from 1979-1982 as Representative of FSM to the U.S. during the transition to independence. He also served as Secretary (Minister) of Resources and Development from 1991 to 1995, Secretary (Minister) of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 1997 and Executive Director for the Joint Committee on Compact Economic Negotiations (JCN) from 1997 to 2003. JCN provided the staff, technical, legal and economic expertise supporting the FSM in their treaty negotiation with the US that culminated in some $1.8 billion financial package over twenty years beginning in 2004.

In January 2003, he became the Director (CEO) of the South Pacific Regional Environmental Program (SPREP) in Apia, Samoa, where he served two three-year terms. SPREP, a regional organization established by the 21 states and territories of the Pacific region, including Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States to look after environment and sustainable development including climate change, and is vocal in advocating measures to curb global warming, which is a threat to many low-lying Pacific islands.

After leaving SPREP, he rejoined government service as a Senior Advisor, while also continuing his work on climate change and environment as a member of FSM’s delegations to UNFCCC climate change negotiations. He served for two years on the Executive Board of the Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism. As a member of FSM’s delegation at multiple United Nations climate change conferences, he promoted Micronesian proposals regarding mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants such as black carbon and hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs).

Thompson_100x118Jeffrey E. Thompson, M.D.
Jeffrey E. Thompson, M.D., is chief executive officer, chairman of the boards, and a pediatric intensivist and neonatologist at Gundersen Health System. He is a founding member and past board chair of both the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium. In 2013, the White House honored him with a Champions of Change award. He also serves on boards for the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, the Wisconsin Statewide Value Committee, the Wisconsin Value Network (chair), and Practice Greenhealth.

Since completing his professional training in 1984, Dr. Thompson has worked full time solely at Gundersen. He has served on Gundersen’s boards since 1992, and played a key role in the negotiations and governance design of the organization when the clinic and hospital merged in 1995. He served as executive vice president from 1995 to 2001, and has served as chief executive officer since 2001.

During Dr. Thompson’s tenure, Gundersen Health System has been recognized time and again by independent healthcare ratings organizations for high-quality patient care. Most recently, Gundersen was the recipient of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Award™ for 2014. The organization’s Envision® (environmental stewardship), Respecting Choices® (end-of-life planning) and 500 Club® (healthy eating) programs have been highlighted by news organizations and health systems across the country
and around the world.

Dr. Thompson is board certified in Pediatric Critical Care, Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine, and Pediatrics. He received his medical training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, University of California-Davis and Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y.

Dr. Thompson has authored and been featured in many articles, book chapters and abstracts on clinical and administrative healthcare topics.

About Gundersen Health System

Headquartered in La Crosse, Wis., Gundersen Health System is a comprehensive healthcare network with sites in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. The physicianled, not-for profit healthcare system includes a major tertiary teaching hospital; community clinics; affiliate hospitals, clinics and nursing homes; behavioral health services; vision centers; pharmacies; and air and ground ambulance services. The organization provides a broad range of emergency, specialty and primary care services. Gundersen is comprised of more than 700 medical, dental and associate staff, and supported by a team of more than 6,000. It is the first health system in the country to commit to energy independence.

Tirado-100x118Cristina Tirado-von der Pahlen
Dr. Tirado-von der Pahlen works on food, health, climate change and sustainable development  with WHO, FAO, governments, NGOs and universities worldwide. She has served as PAHO/WHO Food Adviser for Latin America, WHO Regional Food Adviser in Europe, Coordinator of the WHO Foodborne  Surveillance Program and Director of the PHI’s Center for Climate Change and Health in California. She is adviser for several UN organizations and is affiliated with the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability. Her research focus on the co-benefits of climate adaptation and mitigation in the food and agriculture systems (sustainable production, consumption and waste reduction), and of green urban development (active transport and urban gardens).  She is moderator of the UN Standing Committee of Nutrition WG on Climate Change and chair of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences task force for Climate and Nutrition. She has been a health and nutrition advocate at the UNFCCC since COP15, she was key partnerships’ driver at Rio+20 and she contributes to the Women Major Group and High Level consultations on Food Security and Nutrition for the post 2015 agenda.  She was contributing author of the health chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 4AR and she has authored numerous research and policy publications and books. She is a DVM, with MS/Ph.D. degrees in environmental sciences from Cornell University.