Ian Yaffe, the new director at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Population Health Equity, will be joining the Maine Philanthropy Center for a conversation about his new position and the role of his office moving forward. Central to Ian’s role is the implementation of a $32 million federal grant for COVD-19 related health disparities and to advance health equity among underserved populations at higher risk. Ian will be giving an overview of his office’s work, the priorities he has already identified and then will move in to a thorough question and answer session. We hope you will join us for this important and timely conversation!
Ian was hired in 2021 to re-launch the Office of Population Health Equity (OPHE) at Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). OPHE promotes health equity by illuminating and addressing root causes of health disparities as well as implementing community-led solutions. Prior to this role, from 2010-2021, Ian served as Executive Director of Mano en Mano, a non-profit organization that works with immigrant and farmworker communities in rural Maine to advocate for change and ensure access to essential services, education, and housing. Ian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Latin American Studies and Education from Bowdoin College, and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Washington. He is also a Chief Boatswain's Mate in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and serves on the boards of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) and Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF).