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Enhancing Public Health Through Environmental Strategies

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
10:00am - 12:30pm PST
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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The conditions in which we live play a crucial role in our well-being. According to the United States Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, there is a strong correlation between the cleanliness of our water, food, and air, the nature of our social interactions and relationships, and our health. The environment plays a key role in health disparities of disadvantaged communities. Southern California is home to some of the poorest communities living adjacent to toxic facilities, breathing polluted air, and having limited or no access to parks and open spaces, all of which lead to severe health disparities in our region.

Numerous organizations and coalitions are working to improve public health through various initiatives, including the creation of parks, watersheds, green infrastructure, access to healthy food, cleaner air, and greener energy. This program will build on topics from last month’s convening on “The Evolving Environmental Movement,” bringing together leaders who have been at the forefront of issues connecting the environment, health, access, and community livability. A panel of experts will discuss how to work in partnership across organizations and silos and with allies to secure progressive policies, legislation and funding using inside-outside strategies for thriving, resilient communities. Participants will also have an opportunity to network and connect with other funders in Southern California who are supporting this work.

  • Caryn Mandelbaum (Moderator), Freshwater Program Director and Staff Attorney, Environment Now
  • Manal J. Aboelata, Managing Director, Prevention Institute
  • Martha Dina Argüello, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles 
  • Angelo J. Bellomo, Deputy Director for Health Protection, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Clare Fox, Executive Director, Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) 
  • Shelley Luce, President and Chief Executive Officer, Heal the Bay

Caryn Mandelbaum (Moderator), Freshwater Program Director and Staff Attorney, Environment Now

As the Water Program Director at Environment Now, Caryn oversees a fund dedicated to watershed restoration and urban water resiliency in California. Her goal is to empower partners to use their research and voices to bring about water management for the 21st Century. This vision inspires the public and private sectors to deal with exploited source waters, crumbling infrastructure, and the human right to clean, affordable drinking water. As an example, Caryn’s work with the Environmental Protection Agency contributed to the adoption of a more aggressive Lead & Copper Rule to the Safe Drinking Water Act. She helped launch the first water efficiency workforce training program in Los Angeles that engaged over two hundred youth from 2009-2013. Her leadership was recognized by the City of Los Angeles for breakthroughs in innovative urban water use. Caryn holds a law degree and Master’s in Urban Planning from UCLA.


Manal J. Aboelata, Managing Director, Prevention Institute

As Managing Director at Prevention Institute, a national non-profit dedicated to achieving equitable health and safety outcomes, Manal oversees its California strategy, an interdisciplinary effort designed to improve population health for all. Manal’s commitment to collaboration is exemplified by her many years chairing the statewide Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments, founding of the Joint Use Statewide Taskforce and more recently, her work to establish a Healthy, Equitable and Active Land Use Network in Los Angeles. She is a Board-appointed member of Los Angeles’ Community Prevention and Population Health Taskforce. Manal graduated from UC Berkeley and UC Los Angeles, with a Masters in public health in epidemiology. She served on the board of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust for five years, serving as its chairperson from 2015-2016. As a 2017-2019 Stanton Fellow of the Durfee Foundation, Manal will explore how to better leverage public infrastructure financing to achieve equitable health outcomes for all.

Martha Dina Argüello, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles 

For the past 32 years, Martha has served in the non-profit sector as an advocate, community organizer, and coalition builder. She joined PSR-LA in 1998 to launch the environmental health programs, and became Executive Director in November 2007. Martha is an active board member of numerous organizations, including Californians for Pesticide Reform, the California Environmental Rights Alliance, and Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy. She also co-founded the Los Angeles County Asthma Coalition and the Coalition for Environmental Health and Justice, and was appointed to Cal/EPA’s Environmental Justice Committee and the California Air Resources Board’s Global Warming Environmental Justice Advisory Committee.



Angelo J. Bellomo, Deputy Director for Health Protection, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Angelo J. Bellomo is Deputy Director for Health Protection Division for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He is leading current efforts of the Department to reduce the health impacts of climate change while promoting the development of healthy, sustainable, and resilient communities. Previously, he was Director of Environmental Health and Safety for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he led reforms in the areas of school emergency planning, sustainable building design, and State regulatory review of proposed school sites. His development of a compliance assessment program for Los Angeles schools was the inspiration of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (“Healthy SEAT”). His leadership in the environmental health field has been recognized by the California Legislature, the EPA, the California League of Conservation Voters, and the National Environmental Health Association.


Clare Fox, Executive Director, Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) 

Clare Fox has served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) since 2015. She joined the staff of the LA Food Policy Council in 2011, eventually serving as the Director of Policy and Innovation. Previously, she created and led a food access investment program at the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA-LA), piloted in South Los Angeles in partnership with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and a coalition of community-based organizations and residents. She currently serves on Mayor Garcetti’s Los Angeles Promise Zone Leadership Council, the Board of Directors for LA Compost, chair of the women’s committee of CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), and was a founding board member of Critical Mass Dance Company. She has a Bachelors of Arts in critical social thought from Mount Holyoke College, a Masters in urban planning from UCLA and all her work is informed by a lifelong commitment to social and racial justice.

Shelley Luce, President and Chief Executive Officer, Heal the Bay

Shelley Luce is responsible for determining Heal the Bay’s policy priorities, forming smart strategic alliances, and growing public participation across greater Los Angeles. She began her advocacy career at Heal the Bay, serving as a staff scientist from 2001-2005. She went on to hold executive director positions at the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, the Bay Foundation, and the Environment Now Foundation before rejoining us as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2017. She holds a Doctorate of Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA and a B.S. in Biology from McGill University.




SCG Members: No cost to participate
Non-Members: $100

Who May Attend
Current SCG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.


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