The Center for Healthy Cities works to build evidence and partnerships to address the multiple dimensions of urban health inequities. We also work to promote greater health equity for all urban residents, but particularly for those populations and places currently experiencing the greatest health inequities.
The Center for Global Healthy Cities is an action-oriented, community-engaged initiative that utilizes science and policy analysis to improve the lives and living conditions of the most vulnerable urban populations around the world. We accomplish this through cross-cutting research, training, and community partnerships.
Professor Daniel Rodriguez, City & Regional Planning
Professor Charisma Acey, City & Regional Planning
Professor Osagie K. Obasogie, School of Public Health
Is a Planner with the San Francisco Department of City Planning. She specializes in planning and economic development policies to support community food systems, active transportation, and sustainable neighborhoods. Previously, she worked at Change Lab Solutions and as an educator and project manager at organizations focused on youth development, sustainable food systems, and school gardens. Her work included agricultural development projects in Ecuador, health impact assessments of planning policies in California and China, and participatory upgrade plans for slums in Kenya. She graduated with a B.A. in architecture from UC Berkeley with highest honors, and holds a dual master’s degree from UC Berkeley in city planning and public health.
Dan Lindheim was the City Administrator (City Manager) of the City of Oakland from 2008-2011. Previously, he was Director of Oakland's Community and Economic Development Agency, CEO of an industry leading video and computer graphics software company, Senior Counsel for the House of Representatives, and Senior Project Economist for the World Bank. He also headed a regional office for the Chilean Ministry of Housing and was a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Services Research. Dan received his MCP and PhD from the Department of City and Regional Planning as well as his MPH from the School of Public Health. He also has a JD from Georgetown and is a member of the California Bar.
Nicole Schneider, Program Coordinator at Prevention Institute, advances community prevention through policy and systems changes. She specializes in redesigning communities to support healthy behaviors, such as healthy eating and physical activity. She provides support around building collaboratives between different disciplines and stakeholders to help multiply collective accomplishments. Nicole provides technical assistance and consultation to national initiatives such as Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) and Convergence Partnership. Nicole is a Transportation Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, CA. Prior to joining Prevention Institute, Nicole worked to incorporate health language into municipal codes and general plans, especially language supporting urban agriculture and bicycle and pedestrian accommodation, at Public Health Law & Policy. Nicole also worked on updating the Alameda Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan as a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at the Alameda County Transportation Commission. Nicole earned her Master of Public Health and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and her bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Southern California.
Since graduating in May of 2011, Tina has been a public health fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. She has been working on further supporting and strengthening the inclusion of community engagement in extramural research efforts at the Agency. She has also been presenting and writing on how the USEPA may be able to incorporate the use of a Health Impact Assessment framework in its decision-making processes.
Max Richardson is the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Project Manager with the California Environmental Health Tracking Program (www.cehtp.org) in the California Department of Public Health. Past work with the Department has focused on mapping neighborhood-level vulnerabilities to climate change in California and assessing pesticide use near schools. He has worked on multiple HIAs for CDPH, including an HIA on cap-and-trade regulations in California and an HIA on biomass energy in the Lake Tahoe Region. Max holds a dual Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jme McLean is a Senior Associate at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. At PolicyLink, Jme works with partners at the local, state, and national levels to develop policies, partnerships, strategies, and tools to create healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities. Her work emphasizes inclusion across fields, sectors, and communities to amplify the voices of disadvantaged and underrepresented people. Jme is leading several projects on policy and advocacy evaluation for the organization, including Getting Equity Advocacy Results (GEAR): an initiative to develop tools and resources for grassroots advocates to measure the success of equity advocacy. She also provides consultation and leadership to national and regional philanthropic organizations aiming to improve community environments to address health equity through funding and policy strategies, through the Convergence Partnership. Jme also worked recently in Richmond, CA, serving as an intermediary between city and county government agencies, community-based organizations, and other partners working on innovation in healthy planning policy, neighborhood change, and data systems to improve health for low-income people and communities of color.
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