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The former President for the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), Gabriel Kaplan, will discuss how the field of public health moves from the understanding of WHAT the social determinants of health are and WHY they are important - to HOW we can address them effectively. Dr. Kaplan will discuss public health tools to analyze how the root causes of disease and health inequity operate in order to identify effective strategies to address them. Based on research and stories collected during his work as NACDD President, Dr. Kaplan will outline steps public health can take to address upstream determinants of health, and act on the vision of Public Health 3.0.
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.