Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc


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Karen DeSalvo joined the faculty at Tulane University in 1996 as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor in 2003 and to professor in 2008. She had joint adjunct appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology, Health Systems Management, and Global Health Systems and Development. During her tenure at Tulane, DeSalvo also served as chief of general medicine, co-director of the Center for Health Equality Research, special assistant to the university president for health policy, executive director for Tulane’s University Community Health Centers, and vice dean for community affairs and health policy. Her work has its most notable impact in the public sector, where DeSalvo led recovery efforts and redesigned and implemented an improved health care delivery system in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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Research Output 1998 2019

Developing a financing system to support public health infrastructure

DeSalvo, K., Parekh, A., William Hoagland, G., Dilley, A., Kaiman, S., Hines, M. & Levi, J., Jan 1 2019, In : American journal of public health. 109, 10, p. 1358-1361 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Public Health
Security Measures
Public Policy
Health Policy
1 Citation (Scopus)

Public health wins is a call to arms as well as a roadmap for all who care about a thriving, healthy nation

DeSalvo, K. B. & Levi, J., May 2019, In : American journal of public health. 109, 5, p. 650-651 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Public Health
1 Citation (Scopus)

The Role of US Health Plans in Identifying and Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Rationale and Recommendations

Heisler, M., Navathe, A., Desalvo, K. & Volpp, K. G. M., Oct 2019, In : Population Health Management. 22, 5, p. 371-373 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Social Determinants of Health
3 Citations (Scopus)

Public health 3.0: Supporting local public health in addressing behavioral health

DeSalvo, K. & Claire Wang, Y., Oct 1 2018, In : American journal of public health. 108, 10, p. 1279-1280 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Public Health

The health consequences of natural disasters in the United States: Progress, perils, and opportunity

DeSalvo, K., Mar 20 2018, In : Annals of internal medicine. 168, 6, p. 440-441 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey