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Jacky M. Jennings, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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5200 Eastern Avenue
Suite 4200
Baltimore, Maryland 21224


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2003
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1998


Jacky Jennings, MPH ’98, PhD ‘03.  Dr. Jennings' long term goal is to contribute to research on how structural factors of neighborhoods affect adolescents' and young adults' risk for STIs including HIV and ultimately, to conduct structural-level interventions to prevent and control STI and HIV transmission among urban, disadvantaged youth.

Dr. Jennings is the Principal Investigator on a five year Career Development Award (K01) from NIDA.  The primary goal of the K01 is to determine whether and the extent to which drug markets explain the association between structural factors of neighborhoods and risks for STIs among urban, disadvantaged youth.  

Dr. Jennings collaborates closely with the Baltimore City Health Department and is the lead on an initiative funded by the CDC to decrease HIV transmission in Baltimore City through the identification of high HIV transmission areas.  The project will involve enhancing screening and testing in identified areas as well as public health detailing to primary care providers. Collaborators include the Center for Social Design Practice at MICA.

Dr. Jennings is also leading a large-scale evaluation of evidence-based programs designed to reduce teen pregnancy and negative reproductive outcomes in the State of New Jersey.  

In addition, Dr. Jennings directs the Center for Community Health Research (CCHR) which provides research support services to faculty across the Bayview Campus and the Department of Pediatrics.  She also Co-Directs the STI training grant at the Bloomberg School of Public Health which supports five pre-doctoral students.

Honors and Awards

2012-present  Board Member, International Society for STD Research (ISSTDR)

2011-2012  Social and Behavioral Track Committee Member, National STD Prevention Conference, CDC

2011  NIH Study Section Reviewer for Social Sciences and Health Outcomes RFA (PAR-09-224), NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet). 

2011  Excellence in Teaching Academy Award, School of Medicine, JHU

2010-2011 Selected for the Women in Leadership Program, Office of Women in Science and Medicine, JHU

2010  International Social Systems and Health Workshop Selected Participant

2010 & 2009  Two mentees, New Investigator Award Finalist, SAHM

  • epidemiology, social epidemiology, STIs, behavior, surveillance, adolescents, GIS, transmission dynamics, spatial analyses
  • Trent M, Haggerty CL, Jennings JM, Lee S, Ness R. Adverse adolescent reproductive health outcomes after pelvic inflammatory disease.  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. In press. PMC Journal - In Process.

  • Brunetti M, Ringel R, Owada C, Coulson J, Jennings JM, Hoyer M, Everett AD. Percutaneous closure of patent ductus arteriosus: a multi-institutional registry comparing multiple devices. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. In Press. PMC Journal - In Process.

  • Jennings JM, Taylor R, Iannacchione VG, Rogers SM, Chung S, Huettner S, Ellen JM. The Available Pool of Sex Partners and Risk for a Current Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). Ann Epidemiol. In Press.

  • Fichtenberg CM, Jennings JM, Glass TA, Ellen JM. Neighborhood socioeconomic environment and sexual network position. J Urban Health. 2010 Mar;87(2):225-35. Epub 2010 Feb 6.

  • Thompson DA, Sibinga EMS, Jennings JM, Bair-Merritt MH, Christakis DA. Television viewing by young Latino children: Evidence of heterogeneity. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. In press.