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Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD

  • Vice Dean for Faculty
  • Professor

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

(410) 614-2797

Director, Health Policy Research Scholars

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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

Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumna Award, 2018

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
  • health equity

Select publications from the last 3 years.

  • Pollack Porter KM, Rutkow L, McGinty EB. The Importance of Policy Change for Addressing Leading Public Health Problems. Public Health Reports (in press).
  • Sohn E, Stein LJ, Wolpoff A, Lindberg R, Baum A, McInnis-Simoncelli, Pollack KM. Avenues of Influence: The Relationship between Health Impact Assessment and Determinants of Health and Health Equity. Journal of Urban Health 2018; Jun 11. doi: 10.1007/s11524-018-0263-5. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Gutermuth LK, Hager ER, Pollack Porter K. Using the CDC’s Worksite Health ScoreCard as a Framework to Examine Worksite Health Promotion and Physical Activity. Prev Chronic Dis 2018;15:170463.
  • McAndrews C, Pollack KM, Dannenberg A, Berringer D. Understanding and Improving Arterial Roads to Support Public Health and Transportation Goals. American Journal of Public Health 2017 Aug;107(8):1278-1282. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303898.
  • Bishai D, Frattaroli S, Pollack KM. Go Local. American Journal of Public Health 2017; 672-674.
  • A Study of Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Home Visiting Programs in the U.S.
  • Active Living in Deisgn: Promoting Safety Supplement
  • Active Living Research Program Translation
  • Assessing Employee Assistance Programs: Programs and Activities Addressing Intimate Partner Violence
  • Baseball Injury Analytics Master Agreement
  • Causes and Risk Factors for Military and Privately Owned Vehicle Accidents
  • Ergonomic Hazards: An Exploratory Study of Personal Protective Equipment and Obesity
  • Evaluation of a Street Outreach Program for Youth Violence Prevention
  • Firefighters and Wellness: Building A Healthy Future Through Partnership and Science
  • Health Impact Project
  • Identification of Military Vehicle Accident Causes Preventable by Safety Technology
  • Jamaica Road Traffic Safety
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
  • Residential Sprinkler Technology: A Survey of U.S. Homeowners