biography



Dr. Linda Landesman has dedicated herself to working in the public sector with underserved populations. In her public health career Linda has worked as a clinician, administrator, educator, policymaker and author.  As Assistant Vice President at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) since 1996, she has been responsible for the oversight of over $850 million in workforce contracts. Her responsibilities included the restructuring, negotiation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of these contracts.  Linda was recognized for innovative work at HHC with an award for Business Process Improvement from the Technology Managers Forum.

Dr. Landesman practiced clinical social work in academic medical centers in California for 10 years.  She worked with women alcoholics, children who had cystic fibrosis and their families, and maternal and child health.  Linda won the Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Health Services Improvement Fund in 1990.  She was the Principal Investigator for the first national curriculum on the public health management of disasters, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health in the mid-1990’s.

Dr. Landesman has served on numerous community boards/committees including: New York State Regional Advisory Committee for the Health Care Commission for the Twenty-First Century; Commissioners’ Advisory Committee and WMD Advisory Council, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Community Advisory Board, Long Island University’s Masters of Public Health Program; Advisory Committee, World Trade Center Evacuation Study; Center for Public Health Preparedness, Mailman School of Public Health; Violence Prevention Subcommittee, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Environmental Subcommittee, New York Academy of Medicine; and Disabled in Disaster Advisory Group, Orange County, CA.

Dr. Landesman has been an active member of her Affiliate (PHANYC) and APHA for over 20 years.  She served a two-year term as President in her 15 years on the Board of PHANYC, received the Chairperson’s Award for leadership in the Health Administration Section, served on 10 APHA Boards/committees, and was elected by her peers as Chair of the Executive Board.

Dr. Landesman authored/edited eight books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters.  She is currently on faculty of the Public Health Practice Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she teaches research methods and emergency management online.