Elaine O'Keefe

Executive Director, Office of Public Health Practice and Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; Executive Director, Office of Public Health Practice; Executive Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

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School of Public Health: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS | Office of Public Health Practice (OPHP)


Elaine O'Keefe holds a joint position at the Yale School of Public Health, Executive Director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Executive Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. She developed and co-teaches the Public Health Practicum course (EPH500B). Her primary public health practice and research interests include optimizing effective implementation of HIV prevention and care, improving service delivery and community health impact of governmental public health systems, and structural inequities that undermine health experience and outcomes. As a public health practitioner from 1982-2006, she held multiple positions including Director of Health in Stratford, CT and AIDS Division Director in New Haven, CT. She directed New Haven's prototype needle exchange program and collaborated with Yale scientists to evaluate its efficacy. During her 25 years in public health practice she served on numerous national, state, and local health boards and commissions and was president of the CT Association of Directors of Health and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. She co-founded the CT Public Health Practice Based Research Network and contributed to numerous studies on the organization, delivery and financing of local public health services. Other current positions include Chair, CT Public Health Workforce Development Partnership, CT Health Foundation Board of Directors, CT Health Equity Solutions Board of Directors, CT Tobacco and Health Trust Fund Board, Advisory Board of the CT State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), Co-Leader,  SHIP Infectious Disease Action Team, and CT HIV/AIDS Identification and Referral Task Force. 


M.S. in Public Health,  University of Massachusetts, Amherst,  1983

Public Health Leadership Scholar,   CDC/University of CA Public Health Leadership Institute, 1994

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Elaine O'Keefe
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135 College Street, Ste Room 209
New Haven, CT 06510
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