I know my mission is here, to help the people of this community.Chandra Jackson, MSc
PhD Student, Epidemiology
Last spring, Chandra Jackson received a strong endorsement of her health work. Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels invited Jackson and a few other students to give a presentation to the University’s Board of Trustees. Her impassioned account of the 20-year gap in life expectancy between the city’s richest and poorest, along with her colleagues’ talks, elicited a standing ovation from the trustees.
“It was amazing,” she says. “I felt invigorated that these people supported our approach to reduce heath disparities in Baltimore.”
Since 2007, the Harvard-educated Jackson has done research on African Americans with diabetes, interned with Maryland State Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam and received a Mayoral fellowship in the Baltimore City Health Department. She recently helped secure a grant through the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute to work with the American Diabetes Association on Reverse the Trend: Healthy Trendsetters Movement, which aims to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes among school-age children.
Jackson says that the Brown Scholarship is making all this possible for her. “I can focus solely on academics and my vision for Baltimore,” she says. “In addition to helping me get practical experience in and out of the classroom, the Browns’ generosity has given me a renewed sense of appreciation for philanthropy, which makes me feel obligated, in turn, to give back.”