Friday, September 20, 2013

Prevention Services Makes Temporary Organizational Changes

The Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of  Public Health and Environment has made some temporary organizational changes in the in the Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch (HLCDP) to cover vacant positions and continue to provide services to prevention partners and the public.
Starting Nov. 1, Dr. Ken Gershman will be directing PSD’s Epidemiology, Planning and Evaluation (EPE) Branch to fill a vacant leadership position. Ken's time will be split 60/40 between his leadership of EPE and his new role as Medical Advisor for HLCDP. Ken will continue to serve as the Interim Tobacco Program Manager and direct the Department's Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Pulmonary Disease grants program until Nov. 1, when we expect to fill the recently posted tobacco position. Ken brings a strong background in epidemiology and an analytic focus to EPE from his many years in DCEED. His medical background will benefit our efforts in addressing Health Systems and Clinical/Community Linkages domains of the Chronic Disease State Plan. 

As of Oct. 1, Dr. Gabriel Kaplan will serve as the Acting Director of HLCDP.  Gabriel has been involved with HLCDP Branch projects through his previous work in our EPE Branch and his current role as Director of our Policy, Systems and Analytics Branch. His policy experience will be key in the Environmental/ Policy Domain of the Chronic Disease State Plan.

Please continue to give both Dr. Gershman and Dr. Kaplan your support as they take on these new roles. We look forward to continuing to work with you to improve the health of all Coloradans.  Please contact Karen Trierweiler, Interim Division Director, with questions or concerns. 

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