George A. Kaplan, Ph.D.Thomas Francis Collegiate Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, University of Michigan

Title: The More the Merrier? Navigating the Complex Determinants of Population Health and Health Disparities

Abstract: Health is not randomly distributed in the population, and while we have made some progress in understanding why some are sick and others are not, we have a paradox. At the same time as our knowledge is increasing, we seem to know less and less. Largely this is due to an appreciation of the increasing number of upstream and downstream factors that seem to be important in generating population health. Our knowledge of the plethora of factors associated with variations in population health between individuals, populations, and places have created new analytic and conceptual challenges. I will touch on some of these challenges and the potential role of complex systems tools in addressing them.