A New Approach to Improve Health

April 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Memorial Student Union Stotler 1 N103A
Masters of Public Health Graduate Student Association

Julie Kapp will speak about her publication “A Conceptual Framework for a Systems-Thinking Approach to U.S. Population Health”
Julie Kapp said “Our country’s inability to define, monitor and improve on preventable deaths has complicated our progress in managing the health of our communities and population.” The proposed framework would improve how we monitor and manage health for the U.S. population. Essentially, it translates the Baldrige framework to address U.S. population health, with two overarching recommendations: (1) drive a strategic outcomes-oriented, rather than action-oriented, approach by creating an evidence-based, national reporting dashboard; and (2) improve the operational effectiveness of the workforce.

Julie M. Kapp’s research spans the fields of epidemiology, public health, health program and policy evaluation, health promotion, and disease prevention (particularly cancer). Her focus across all of these fields is bridged by her interests related to a balanced quality and quantity of life. Her faculty appointments have included notable roles, such as the Director of the Health and Behavioral Risk Research Center (2005-2007), Margaret Proctor Mulligan Faculty Scholar (2009-2012) for her breast cancer research, and the Director of the Partnership for Evaluation, Assessment, and Research (2012-2014). She has served as an NIH grant reviewer, an Associate Editor for BMC Cancer, and a journal reviewer for such notable titles as Cancer, International Journal of Cancer, and The Lancet. She is currently one of 14 Fellows nationally selected into the Malcolm Baldrige Executive Fellows Program (2014-2015). Dr. Kapp is an alumnus of Mizzou with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology. She completed her graduate work from Saint Louis University with a Masters and Doctorate in Public Health, concentrated in epidemiology.