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Date: Mar 2019

Every year, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health celebrates the work of Hopkins faculty, staff and students involved in research and service around the world through Global Health Day. Part of the annual event features a leading figure in global health as the keynote and a judged student poster session. This year’s event will take place Thursday, March 28.

The 2019 Global Health Day keynote is Michele Barry, MD, FACP, FASTMH,  a Professor of Medicine and Tropical Disease at Stanford University. She will be speaking on health benefits and vulnerabilities due to climate change in urban populations of 10 million or more inhabitants.

Events like Global Health Day are wonderful opportunities for JHSPH students to showcase their work and learn from leaders outside of the Bloomberg School. With this event particularly, it’s also a great way to learn more about research and work opportunities abroad.

On Thursday, the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) awarded the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health the Harrison C. Spencer Award for Outstanding Community Service. The Bloomberg School’s commitment to Baltimore can be seen through meaningful and lasting collaborations with local organizations and residents. Departments, centers and offices, particularly SOURCE, have all contributed to the partnerships throughout the city.

SOURCE works with students, faculty and staff from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and School of Medicine by connecting those wanting to volunteer with organizations. In addition to organizing days of service and other community events, SOURCE offers service-learning opportunities. These efforts help students enhance their public health education and connect students with the community while ensuring both the community-based organizations and students benefit from the experience.

As part of the award process, ASPPH visited the School’s campus in early March and met with some of the community partners. In the School’s press release, Josh Sharfstein, MD, vice dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, said, “Our community collaborations have contributed to improvements in infant mortality, reductions in overdose, assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness, support for teachers and schoolchildren, and many other steps forward for health in Baltimore. We are looking forward to growing these collaborations to accomplish even more together in the future.”

For a closer look at the work of SOURCE and to hear from the community-based organizations, watch the short video below.


On March 6, researchers led by Lorraine T. Dean, ScD, assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Epidemiology, published a study in the journal Cancer, that offered nine recommendations on how to lower the long-term breast cancer-related economic burden for U.S. breast cancer survivors. What is special about this study is it takes the recommendations from the patients themselves, rather than only focusing on provider and insurer perspectives.

The recommendations range from assistance in understanding coverage, expanding coverage for lymphedema-specific supplies and treatment, expanding availability of services, providing domestic assistance (including house chores, child care and transportation), and expanding eligibility for financial aid beyond those in poverty. Lymphedema is the swelling of the arms or torso commonly caused by the removal of the lymph nodes during breast cancer surgery.

Previous studies on U.S. cancer patients have shown that breast cancer patients have considerably higher economic burdens compared to those with other types of cancers. The extra costs often deal with the treatments’ side effects, particularly lymphedema, which affects nearly 35 percent of U.S. breast cancer survivors. Survivors with lymphedema experience over $14,500 more in out-of-pocket costs than survivors who do not develop the side effect.

U.S. News & World Report announced today their rankings of public health schools and programs. The ranking is done every four years and for the first time included Council on Education for Public Health accredited programs housed outside schools of public health. The rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys, of which this year’s rankings there was a 40 percent response rate.

In a press release, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Dean, Ellen MacKenzie, PhD’ 79, ScM ’75,  said, “While these rankings bring attention to the School, our ongoing pursuit of solutions to a broad spectrum of health challenges is what truly defines us. Our work is at the frontlines – in laboratories, in the halls of government, in countries and community’s around the world.”

Dean MacKenzie’s letter to the Bloomberg School can be found on the website.