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Keshia Pollack

Associate Professor
Associate Director Training and Education, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy; Director Occupational Injury Epidemiology and Prevention Training Program
Academic Degrees
BA, Tufts University, 2000; MPH, Yale University School of Public Health, 2002; PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2006.
Departmental Affiliation
Health Policy and Management
Health and Public Policy
Departmental Address
624 N Broadway, Hampton House
Room 557
Phone: (410) 502-6272
Fax: (410) 614-2797
Research and Professional Experience

My research uses injury epidemiology and health impact assessment (HIA) to advance policies that create safe and healthy environments where people, particularly the most vulnerable, live, work, play, and travel. My research focuses on identifying risk factors for, and strategies to prevent, injuries related to work, obesity, sports and recreation, physical activity, transportation, and the built environment. As part of my expertise in the built environment, I am leading the national Physical Activity Policy Research Network, which aims to advances policies and environments that promote safe opportunities for physical activity.

Keywords

Injury prevention and control; health policy; health impact assessment; built environment; physical activity, obesity prevention

Honors and Awards

50 Women to Watch Maryland, 2014

Advising, Mentoring, Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), 2014, 2011

President Alpha Chapter, Delta Omega Honor Society, 2013-2015

APHA Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Mid-Career Outstanding Service Award, 2012

Greater Baltimore Committee, The LEADership Program, Class of 2011

2011 recipient of The Daily Record's Very Important Professionals Successful by 40

Leon S. Robertson Career Development Chair in Injury Prevention, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006-2009

Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Alpha Chapter, Johns Hopkins University, 2006

William Haddon, Jr. Fellowship in Injury Prevention, 2002-2004

Selected Publications

Pollack KM. Chronic diseases and individaul risk for workplace injury. Occupational and Environmental Medicine (in press). 

Pollack KM, Rossen L, Roman C, Whitt-Glover M, Leviton L. The Important Role of Public Safety for Promoting Physical Activity and Curbing Obesity Within African American Communities. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (in press).

Nunez-Cordoba JM, Bes-Rastrollo M, Pollack KM, Segui-Gomez M, Sayón-Orea C, Martínez-González MA. Annual kilometers traveled by motor vehicles and incident obesity: a prospective cohort study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2013; 44(3):254-9.

Pollack KM, Gielen AC, William AN, Degutis L. From SAVIR: Professional Conferences Enrich and Energize. Injury Prevention 2013;19(1):72.

Morhaim D, Pollack KM. End-of-life-care issues: personal, economic, public policy, or public health crisis? American Journal of Public Health 2013; Apr 18. [Epub ahead of print].

Curriero F, James N, Shields T, Furr-Holden D, Cooley M, Roman C, Pollack KM. Exploring path quality as a factor for urban children’s active transport to school. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 2013 Mar;10(3):323-34.

*Goheer A, Bailey MB, Gittelsohn J, Pollack KM. Fighting fires and fat: An intervention to address obesity in the fire service. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2013. doi:pii: S1499-4046(13)00478-8. 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.05.003. [Epub ahead of print]

*Swedler DI, Kercher C, Simmons MM, Pollack KM. Occupational Homicide of Law Enforcement Officers, 1996-2010. Injury Prevention 2013. [Epub ahead of print]

Rossen L, Curriero F, Cooley-Strickland M, Pollack KM. Food availability en route to school and anthropometric change in urban children. Journal of Urban Health 2013; Feb 8 [Epub ahead of print]. 

Nunez-Cordoba JM, Bes-Rastrollo M, Pollack KM, Segui-Gomez M, Sayón-Orea C, Martínez-González MA. Annual kilometers traveled by motor vehicles and incident obesity: a prospective cohort study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2013; 44(3):254-9.

Pollack KM, Gielen AC, William AN, Degutis L. From SAVIR: Professional Conferences Enrich and Energize. Injury Prevention 2013; 19(1):72.

Kercher C, Swedler DI, Pollack KM, Webster D. Homicides Involving Law Enforcement Officers Responding to Domestic Disturbance Calls. Injury Prevention 2013; Feb 8 [Epub ahead of print].

Tiesman HM, Swedler DI, Konda S, Pollack KM. Occupational Fatalities among U.S. Law Enforcement Officers: A Comparison of Surveillance Systems. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2013; 56(6):693-700. 

Crompton JG, Oyetunj O, Pollack KM, Stevens K, Cornwell EE, Efron DT, Haut ER, Haider A. Association Between Helmets and Facial Injury After a Motorcycle Collision:  An Analysis of More Than 40,000 Patients From the National Trauma Data Bank. Archives of Surgery 2012;147(7):674-676. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2012.894.

Gielen A, Runyan C, Pollack KM, Mickalide A, Baker SP.  Reflections on NCIPC’s 20 Years of Injury Control…….Then……Now……Imagine. Journal of Safety Research 2012; 43(4): 319-21.

Frattaroli S, Pollack KM, Bailey M, Schafer H, Cheskin LJ, Holtgrave DR. Working inside the firehouse: Developing a Participant-Driven Intervention to Enhance Health-Promoting Behaviors. Health Promotion Practice 2012 Oct 22. [Epub ahead of print]

Pollack KM, LaVeist TA. From SAVIR: Advancing Understanding of Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Injury Research. Injury Prevention 2012;18(1):143-4. 

Scherb A, Frattaroli S, Palmer AM, Pollack KM. Exploring food system policy: A survey of food policy councils in the United States. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 2012; http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2012.024.007, pp. 1–12.

Piek SM, Pollack KM, Canham-Chervak M, Hauret K, Baker SP. Injuries to deployed U.S. Army soldiers in HMMWV crashes, 2002-2006. Military Medicine (accepted).

Rossen L, Pollack KM, Curriero F. Validation of retail food outlet location data from a local health department using ground truthing and remote sensing technology. Health and Place 2012; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.06.012.

Curriero F, James N, Shields T, Furr-Holden D, Cooley M, Roman C, Pollack KM. Exploring path quality as a factor for urban children’s active transport to school. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 2012.

Poplin GS, Harris RB, Pollack KM, Peate W, Burgess JL. Beyond the fireground: Injuries in the fire service. Injury Prevention. Published Online First: 23 November 2011. doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2011-040149.

Pollack KM, Kercher C, Frattaroli S, Peek-Asa C, Sleet D, Rivara F. Toward environments and policies that promote injury-free active living – it shouldn’t hurt. Health and Place 2012; 18(1):106-14.

Pollack KM, Frattaroli S, Young JL, Dana-Sacco G, Gielen AC. Motor vehicle deaths among American Indian and Alaska Native Populations. Epidemiologic Reviews 2012;34(1):73-88.

Hardison Walters J, Pollack KM, Clinton-Sherrod M, Lasater B, McKay T. Services available through the employee assistance program for perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Violence and Victims 2012;27(2):135-47.

Rossen L, Pollack KM. Making the connection between zoning and health disparities. Environmental Justice 2012; 5(3): 119-127

Key Reports

Health Impact Project. White Paper: Health Impact Health of Proposed Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, July 30, 2013. http://www.healthimpactproject.org/news/project/health-impact-project-releases-white-paper-examining-proposed-changes-to-food-stamps

Health Impact Project. Initial Findings: Health Impact Assessment of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Jan 2013.  http://www.healthimpactproject.org/resources/body/Health-Impact-Project-Farm-Bill-SNAP-HIA-Initial-Findings-01-23-13.PDF

Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Society for Public Health Education (primary authors: Pollack KM, Bailey M, Gielen A). Active Design Supplement: Promoting Safety, 2012. http://centerforactivedesign.org/promotingsafety

Pollack KM, Samuels A. Walking School Bus: The Right Path for Baltimore. September 2012.