Frank A. Franklin II, Ph.D., J.D.
Principal Epidemiologist & Director, Community Epidemiology Services, Multnomah County Health Dept.
Health Equity/Oral Health as a Social Justice Issue
• Analyze social determinants of health; define the major upstream conditions that influence health strategies and strategies to reduce health disparities.
• Discuss environmental health; recognize factors in the natural environment that affect health, like air and water Prevention and health promotion – Factors in the community environment that affect health, like tobacco, alcohol, and access to healthy food.
• Recognize issues surrounding access to clinical preventive services, such as health care services that are critical to preventing long-term problems, like immunizations and cancer screening.
• Explain communicable disease control, including transmissible diseases such as sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, pertussis, and mumps.
• Identify components of health equity in Oregon.
• Examine relationship between poverty, racism and public health.
Dr. Franklin holds a Doctor of Philosophy in injury epidemiology and injury prevention from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University. He completed a Master of Public Health in international health and epidemiology from the Morehouse School of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Morgan State University.
Has has received post graduate training in immunology (New York University), molecular biology (University of Pennsylvania), epidemiology and the law (University of Michigan), and forensic epidemiology (Oregon Health and Science University) along with post-doctoral training in health policy at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. As a practicing forensic epidemiologist, Dr. Franklin focused on quantitative, qualitative, and legal methods to assess the comparative risk of disease and injury suitable for a court of law. His research interests include forensic epidemiology, violent crime, urban health, injury prevention, injury law, and alcohol and health. Dr. Franklin's unique training has afforded him the opportunity to publish in a breadth of areas such as the spatial availability of alcohol and violent crime in urban communities, mental health, medical negligence and forensic epidemiology, and civil rights, race, and the law.