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Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 380A
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

(410) 614-2797

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
MPH, Yale School of Public Health, 2002
BA, Tufts University, 2000


I use injury epidemiology, health impact assessment, and mixed methods to advance policies that create safe and healthy environments where people live, work, play, and travel. I focus on identifying policy solutions to prevent injuries related to work, obesity, sports and recreation, physical activity, transportation, and the built environment, address social determinants of health, reduce disparities, and advance health equity. As part of my expertise in safety and the built environment, I am leading the national Physical Activity Policy Research Network Plus, which advances policy research to increase the number of Americans who achieve adequate physical activity to promote and sustain health. I also focus on optimizing the use of health impact assessment (HIA) and related approaches to advance health in all policies (HiAP). I spend a considerable amount of time directly engaging with policymakers to promote evidence-informed policy decisions and advance HiAP at the local, state, and federal levels.

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

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