Karen Hacker


Director, CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, is the Director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, where she oversees more than 1,000 staff dedicated to preventing chronic diseases and promoting health across the life span. She leads agency efforts to address the social determinants of health (SDOH), including new initiatives to accelerate the growth of SDOH work and expand the role of community health workers.

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Town Hall
Thursday Oct. 13
1:30–2:15 PM
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The Lifestyle Prescription: Delaying and Preventing ADRD through Behavior Change

Research is clear that reducing modifiable risk factors such as obesity, physical inactivity, poor nutrition, hypertension, smoking, hearing loss, and loneliness could prevent hundreds of thousands of dementia cases, particularly among Black and Latino people. But scientific evidence isn’t enough to motivate behavior change. Key Question: How do we move from science to systems with strategies and polices that ensure equitable impact for all of Us?

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