Thursday, May 2, 2019

NACDD Board President Launches Challenge to Address Upstream Factors

(May 2, 2019) – The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors’ Board President Dr. Gabriel Kaplan has officially launched his campaign to help public health better engage with the social determinants of health to promote equitable health outcomes.

During the first few months of his tenure as President of the Board of Directors, Dr. Kaplan has helped to guide and shape the Association’s work to include conversations and programming about the “upstream factors,” or the political, social, and economic causes for some communities’ increased risk for chronic illnesses like diabetes, cancer, or heart disease.

“It’s hard to persuade someone to stop smoking if their time horizon is limited to putting food on the table this week, paying the gas bill this month, or making sure they can find a safe place to sleep tomorrow,” said Dr. Kaplan.

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