DrPH, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, 1994
MPH, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, 1988
Dr. Hearne has spent over three decades as a change maker bent on boosting the health, safety, and sustainability of our planet and the people on it. She works with foundations, policy-makers, business and non-profit sectors to tackle some of the thorniest health and environmental issues of the day: from pandemic response to health policy strategies for reducing preventable risks in our everyday lives.
Dr. Hearne serves as the president of CityHealth (www.CityHealth.org) and executive director of the Forsythia Foundation. In mid-March, she will become the inaugural Alfred Sommer and Michael Klag Decanal Professor of the Practice for Public Health Advocacy and director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg SPH Center for Public Health Advocacy on a part time basis. In 2021, she will join the school as full time faculty.
Previously, she was the executive director of the Big Cities Health Coalition, representing the lead health officials of the nation's largest cities. She also was managing director of the Pew Health Group of The Pew Charitable Trusts, overseeing its food safety, medical safety, research, and biomedical programs. In addition, Dr. Hearne founded and led, as Executive Director, the Trust for America’s Health, a national health advocacy organization dedicated to preventing epidemics, protecting people.
Her past posts included Executive Director of the Pew Environmental Health Commission, the Acting Director of the NJ DEP Office of Pollution Prevention, and a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She was the Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Executive Board and Vice President of the Council on Education for Public Health – the accreditation body for public health schools.
She has authored many national health reports, from bioterrorism response to obesity. Dr. Hearne has testified regularly before the U.S. Congress on bioterrorism, pandemic preparedness, health tracking and public health funding. She provides continual service to the public health field serving, including National Academy of Science Committees (including the Oversight Committee, Division on Earth and Life Studies) and chairing accreditation site visits to public health schools, such as Harvard and Yale Universities. Most recently she served for ten years on the Radiation Effect Research Foundation in Japan and was a member of Congressional-sponsored NAS investigation that produced the report, Lessons Learned form the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving U.S. Nuclear Plants.
Honors and Awards
• The American Public Health Association Executive Director’s Citation
• The Bowdoin College Common Good Award, which honors those alumni who have demonstrated an extraordinary, profound, and sustained commitment to the common good, in the interest and for the benefit of society
• The Senator Frank Lautenberg Award for lifetime achievement in public health advocacy, 2006
• University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University School of Public Health graduation speaker, 2006.
• Keynote Speaker for the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health Hooding Ceremony (graduation), 2006
• Delta Omega Society member, Alpha Eta Chapter, elected 2006
• 2004 Delta Omega Curricula Award for the class, Issues in Health Advocacy. Through the Association of Schools of Public Health, the top national award for innovative public health curriculum, which integrates practical community-based practice and scholarship into classroom discussions, applies public health principles, uses science-based decision-making and involves the community in a teaching partnership