Gianfranco Pezzino, M.D., M.P.H.

Senior Fellow & Strategy Team Leader

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Gianfranco Pezzino, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Fellow & Strategy Team Leader, oversees KHI’s work around public health services and systems. He leads a team that is contributing to the development and dissemination of best practices for the organization, financing and delivery of public health services. The team’s goal is to increase the capacity and efficiency of the public health system in order to improve the health of communities. To accomplish that goal, the team is working on a broad scope of projects ranging from supporting local public health departments in their preparation for national accreditation to contributing to the field of applied public health services and systems research.

One area of particular interest to Kansas and other states with a mix of rural and urban communities is the identification of governance models that can assure the best balance between local control of public health and economies of scale that allow even small jurisdictions to provide a full gamut of high-quality public health services. KHI has been involved in developing models of regional collaboration designed to achieve this balance in Kansas for more than a decade. As part of this work around public health department collaboration, Dr. Pezzino co-directs the Center for Sharing Public Health Services, a multi-year, multi-million dollar national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and managed by the Kansas Health Institute.

In addition to his work at KHI, Dr. Pezzino also serves as Shawnee County’s health officer and is a site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

Prior to joining KHI, he was the state epidemiologist with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Within that department, Dr. Pezzino also served as medical director for the state bioterrorism program. He has worked in public health in other roles and in several countries during his career.

He obtained his medical degree magna cum laude at the University of Bologna, Italy, and his master’s degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Work by Gianfranco

Kansas Groups Partner to Celebrate World Immunization Week

IKK and KHM inform best practices for immunizations

In celebration of World Immunization Week, Immunize Kansas Kids and Kansas Health Matters join efforts to inform communities about best practices for immunizations in Kansas.

Issue Brief: Community Health Assessment and Improvement Planning in Kansas

This issue brief summarizes the results of a study of community health assessments and community health improvement plans. The information for this study was gathered through various focus groups and surveys about experiences and outcomes in Kansas between 2012 and 2013.

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Presentation: Continuous Quality Improvement

The Kansas Health Institute delivered this presentation at the National Network of Public Health Institutes 2012 meeting.

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Testimony - Vaccine Requirement Exemptions (2012 HB 2094)

In testimony to the House Human Health and Services Committee, KHI discusses vaccine requirement exemptions.

2011 County Health Rankings video report

Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino discusses some of the key concepts of the 2011 County Health Rankings report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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Scarce Resource Allocation Planning Documents for the State of Kansas

These two reports outline recommendations for developing protocols that health care and public health officials at the state, regional, and local levels could use during a public health emergency to maximize the number of lives saved. The reports were produced upon request from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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The Private Immunization Delivery System for Children in Kansas

This update to a similar report from 2006 looks at the availability of private primary care clinics in Kansas that offer immunization services to children and identifies ways in which access to these services can be improved.

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Federal Funding of Public Health Activities in Kansas

This report investigates how the levels of federal public health funding in Kansas compare with those in other states and identifies areas in which Kansas may have opportunities to expand funding.

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Infant mortality in Kansas: We can do better

Kansas has the 18th highest infant mortality rate in the nation, with more than 300 infant deaths in 2008. The rate is higher than in many developing countries, including Cuba and Croatia.

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Feasibility of a School-Based Influenza Vaccination Program in Kansas

This report, published by the Immunize Kansas Kids (IKK) project, found that school-based influenza immunization campaigns are a viable way to vaccinate large numbers of children in short periods of time.

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