Blue Skies with Green Allies: A Role for All Sectors in Environmental Health

Collaboration to support a globe
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Adam London

Adam London, MPA

Adam London is the Health Officer for Kent County, Michigan, and the director of the Kent County Health Department. He earned an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health at Ferris State University, a graduate degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University, and is currently working on a PhD in Epidemiology. Adam is a board member with the National Environmental Health Association and will serve that organization as President in 2017.

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Donele Wilkins

Donele Wilkins

Leader, visionary, results oriented, Donele Wilkins has demonstrated servant leadership in her hometown Detroit for nearly 20 years.

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George Heartwell

George K. Heartwell

Now serving his third term in 2015, Mayor George Heartwell took office on January 1, 2004.  During his tenure, City government has implemented a variety of environmental measures, including purchase of renewable resource

energy, use of alternative fuels in city vehicles, continued attention to water quality in the Grand River, and widespread implementation of energy conservation measures.  In January 2007 the United Nations recognized Grand Rapids as a “Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development.”

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Stacy Weber

Stacy Weber, MPH

Stacy is currently the Public Information Officer at the City of Toledo.  Previously, she filled the Public Information Officer role at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department in Toledo, OH.  During the recent water crisis, Stacy's coordination and crisis communication expertise was essential for coordinating with partners, distributing factual information and dispelling rumors.

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Course Details

Who Should View this Training

Public health administrators, managers, and other professionals working in local government, community-based settings, and elsewhere. 


  • Describe environmental public health as it relates to health outcomes
  • Discuss the use of partnerships for community climate resilience
  • Identify strategies to communicate environmental health risk across sectors through the example of a climate change issue
  • Identify interventions to address climate change and health

Planning Committee

Phoebe Goldberg, Dana Thomas, Trish Koman, Meghan Swain, Chris Klawuhn, Jim Sygo, Jalonne White-Newsome


The Community Health Leadership Summit was sponsored by the UM SPH Office of Public Health Practice and its Michigan Public Health Training Center, which is a part of the Region V Great Lakes Public Health Training Collaborative.

This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27881 Region V Public Health Training Collaborative (total award amount $825,634). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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These recordings originated at the UM SPH Office of Public Health Practice's 2015 Community Health Leadership Summit held on September 16, 2015 at the University of Michigan. This event brought cross-sector leaders together to discuss emerging public health issues and strategies to address them. Specifically, the day focused on environmental health with an emphasis on climate change. 

Sessions include:

  • Opening by Adam London, Health Officer at the Kent County Health Department, that describes the evolution and impetus of a focus on environmental health.
  • Keynote presentation by George Heartwell, Mayor of Grand Rapids, MI entitled "Compassionate Leadership for Climate Change". Moderated by Sandra Svoboda, WDET-FM Special Assignments Manager.
  • Municipal and community-based perspectives on environmental health action
    • A Detroit youth-based program described by Donele Wilkins of the Green Door Initiative
    • The emphasis on communication during the 2014 Toledo, OH water crisis by Stacy Weber, Public Information Officer for Toledo
    • A discussion on opportunities to engage from the foundation perspective by Lois DeBacker of the Kresge Foundation