Callie Kaplan is the Director of Research with the Social IMPACT Research Center. Callie’s project focus areas include public health and social determinants of health. She has led evaluations in partnership with community partners, including New Moms and diverse Heartland programs. She has extensive experience in mixed-methods research and evaluation and is a strong advocate for participatory methodologies and transparent, ethical research. She recently completed a multi-year project exploring housing instability among young people with systems involvement, and a previous RWJF-funded community engaged research project exploring barriers to TANF among young families in Illinois.

Over the past ten years, Callie has worked on public health programs, research projects, and advocacy initiatives both internationally and domestically, focusing on marginalized youth, sexual and reproductive health justice, and gender-based violence (GBV). She has worked with NGOs in Haiti and New Orleans to strengthen organizational research and evaluation infrastructure. Callie was a 2014-2016 CDC/ASPPH Global Health Fellow based in Tanzania and led monitoring and evaluation activities for a global HIV/GBV prevention initiative.  She later developed and led trainings of a World Health Organization (WHO) gender-based violence assessment tool among monitoring and evaluation staff across the Sub-Saharan Africa region as a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USAID. Before joining Heartland, she also worked as a short-term research consultant on sexual health and gender-based violence projects in Cambodia.

Callie received her Master of Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Public Health from Johns Hopkins, where she is a Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellow. She enjoys traveling and exploring, both near and far from her Chicago hometown, through stories, food, language, music, and art. She loves playing and coaching soccer, running, biking, and generally being outdoors.

Callie Kaplan is a 2022 grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems program, managed by AcademyHealth.

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