Dr. Ketan Shankardass is a social epidemiologist who focuses on studying innovative solutions for more equitable health systems by using on epidemiology, community health, biology and geography to understand the drivers of population health and equity.
He's been an upstream thinker throughout his practice, and has recently been focusing on how governments have used intersectoral action to address the social determinants of health and health equity, especially through what are called "Health in All Policies" (HiaP) approaches and initiatives, as well as Health Impact Assessment (HIA) tools.
He is a Scientist at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto. Outside of academic, Dr. Shankardass works with Health Promotion Ontario to improve preventive health practice in the province.
Ketan received his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Southern California in 2008, and his MHSc in community health and epidemiology from the University of Toronto in 2001.
His foci currently include multisectoral health strategies including Health in All Policies; neighbourhood-level programs to address chronic stress and chronic disease health inequities; and public opinion on health and equity.
Watch Ketan speak at Closing the Gap: Action for Health Equity.