Addressing Social Determinants of Health October 2020 - February 2021


10/22/2020 – 2/18/2021

Course shell opens on October 22, 2020

All sessions 12:00-1:30pm

  • November 5th: Orientation Session - participants may opt out after this session

  • November 19th: Session #1: The Foundations of Public Health 3.0 - Working Upstream

  • December 10th: Session #2: Centering around Community Leadership 

  • January 7th: Session #3: Using Data Metrics to Set your Goals and Track Impact

  • January 21st: Session #4: Getting Your Own House in Order

  • February 4th: Session #5: Getting Creative with Financing 

  • February 18th: Session #6: Pulling it All Together


No cost for registrants from our region (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming), $160 for registrants from all other states, no cost for registering for the waitlist - payment arrangement will be made by staff if spot becomes available

Primary Competency

Public Health Sciences Skills

The goal of this course is to equip public health professionals with the information and skills they need to apply a systems thinking approach to in order to 

  • Identify upstream determinants impacting specific health outcomes

  • Identify shared risk factors across multiple health outcomes 

  • Describe metrics by which to measure change in upstream determinants 

  • Identify strategies to impact upstream determinants 

  • Communicate with partners to identify common goals and collective funding approaches 


Participants will also assess organizational readiness or barriers to authentically engaging the community, applying a shared risk approach, braiding funding, and engaging in cross-program and cross-sector partnerships for upstream impact. Participants will register for this training with a partner from their organization or community. Work for the course will be completed together by the pairs. Together, these teams of 2 will take their understanding of social determinants of health to the next level as they identify actionable steps to impact the root causes resulting in poor health outcomes in their communities.

What to Expect

  • This course will take 17 weeks to complete.
    • Online course materials available on October 22nd
    • 6 Live Sessions
  • Online course materials
    • You will have activities to do with your partner between the live meetings.  
      • The activities will include things like watching videos and reading.
    • There will be a short assignment to complete each week to prepare you to participate in the live session. (Live sessions go quickly. Doing the activities and assignments helps you use the time well.)
  • Live Sessions
    • A facilitator and topic expert will lead guided discussions and activities related to the online content with you and your classmates.  
    • Live sessions give you the opportunity connect the concepts of evidence-based decision making to your daily work.
  • Communication
    • You should receive 2 emails from us before the course begins. Please email us ( if they do not show up in your inbox (please check your spam folder too).
      • Registration confirmation - immediately after registering
      • Course welcome and instructions - 2 weeks before first live session
  • Technology
    • Live sessions
      • You must join the Live Learning Sessions by video (an external webcam or a built-in camera in your laptop, tablet, or smart phone).  Our staff can help you get set up if this is new for you.
    • Online course materials
      • You will be sent an invitation to the Learning Management System (Canvas) approximately 2 weeks before the first Live Learning Session. You will need to sign in, do some activities and make sure that you know how to connect to the Live Learning Session (Don’t worry about the technology! We have staff to help you. You’ll receive all the information you need once you log in.)
Length of Learning Opportunity
25 total hours (online work and live sessions)
Registration Information

Click on the green "Register Now" button at the top left of this page. You will need to be logged in or will need to create an account prior to registering for this training. Creating an account will not automatically register you for this training. You will need to re-open this page and register

You will be asked to identify who your partner (from your organization or community) for this course will be. Please provide a name and email address.

Please email with registration questions.

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Gabriel Kaplan is the Chief of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch in the Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In this role, Dr. Kaplan directs and manages work units that seek to improve policies around health promotion and prevention, to transform the delivery of care within health systems, and to improve the linkages between community-based prevention and the clinical care system. Prior to this, he served as the Director of the Epidemiology, Planning & Evaluation Branch in the same division at CDPHE, where he directed the data analysis and research units that support public health prevention services and interventions. Before joining CDPHE, Dr. Kaplan served as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Colorado Denver's School of Public Affairs. He also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health.

Dr. Kaplan has been a board member of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and he currently serves as the Past President of the Board. Dr. Kaplan has a PhD in Public Policy Analysis and Research from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a master's degree in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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