At the Bloomberg School, we work with a wide range of partners who share our vision of a healthier and more equitable world, from community members in Baltimore to public health organizations and global leaders, to those within and outside the traditional boundaries of the public health field.
These collaborations offer our students, faculty, staff, and alumni opportunities to advance public health practice to improve the health of our communities.
Here are some examples of our practice work:
Strengthening the Public Health Workforce:
COVID-19 Training Initiatives
Public health workers and community members across the globe can access Bloomberg School online courses and tailored training certificates and programs on contact tracing and related topics.
Over 500,000 people have enrolled in the COVID-19 contact tracing course developed by a team of faculty, staff, and students in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and local public health departments and made available for free on the Coursera platform, along with additional JHU Coursera offerings. This much-needed contact tracing course has helped scale up the public health workforce in real time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An Inside Look at a Potential Cancer Cluster: Community
Impacts and Challenges for Public Health Investigators
A Bloomberg School investigative team of faculty, staff, and students examined and documented the difficulties community members and public health officials face in dealing with a potential cancer cluster. Those challenges are captured through oral histories about decades of disease in the neighborhoods surrounding Fort Detrick, U.S. Army Base in Frederick, Maryland. In interviews, public health researchers discuss obstacles they confront around epidemiological issues in investigating the potential disease cluster in Fort Detrick and other local communities across the country.
Protecting the Health of Local Communities: Assessing Health
and Public Health in Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Delaware County, Pennsylvania, is the only county in the Philadelphia metropolitan area without a designated county health department. To determine how best to protect the health of its residents, the Delaware County Council hired a team of Bloomberg School faculty and students led by Paulani Mui, MPH, Beth Resnick, DrPH, MPH, and Aruna Chandran, MD, MPH, to assess the health of the county and determine how best to deliver health and public health services.
The team provided an assessment of the health of Delaware County and presented recommendations to inform the establishment of a county health department to protect the health of all Delaware County residents and advance health equity.
Making a Nationwide Impact:
Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO)
Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws are helping to prevent gun deaths and protect communities. Their implementation—in 19 states and the District of Columbia—is part of a national effort to reduce the daily loss of life due to firearm violence, including gun suicide.
Bloomberg School faculty members Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH, and Josh Horwitz, JD, through their work with the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, are leading national efforts to advance ERPO implementation. They have designed an interactive, central website to access information about ERPO laws, research, training, and communications to help inform policy development and implementation in local jurisdictions across the nation.
This ERPO effort is part of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, which supports a broad range of practice efforts at the School and with partner organizations to advance the nation’s health across the issues of addiction and overdose, adolescent health, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, and violence.
Advocating for Reproductive Health in Low-Income Countries
The Advance Family Planning (AFP) advocacy initiative within the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health comprises more than 20 cross-sector organizations in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, expanding global access to quality contraceptive information, services, and supplies. Conceptualized and established by Bloomberg School faculty member Duff Gillespie, PhD, AFP has successfully helped to expand and enact family planning policies, increase allocation of funds for family planning, develop and implement effective monitoring and evaluation tools, and train over 300 individuals using the AFP SMART advocacy training framework.
Gillespie’s efforts have created a new and powerful cohort of family planning champions to fight for the information, services, and supplies that promote the health and prosperity of women, men, and young people throughout the world.
Advancing Humanitarian Mental Health Initiatives in Uganda
Through his work with the Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF), a nongovernmental organization providing mental health care to survivors of armed conflict in Burundi, Cambodia, Kenya, and Uganda, Bloomberg School faculty member Wietse Tol, PhD, MA, has been instrumental in the implementation of critical international humanitarian mental health programs.
Tol led the adaptation and evaluation of a guided self-help intervention for South Sudanese refugees and spearheaded an innovative maternal mental health program in partnership with PCAF and the Ministry of Health for post-conflict areas of Uganda. Thanks to Tol’s leadership, PCAF has been able to strengthen and expand community-based and preventive approaches to mental health care in the communities they serve.
Connections and Conversations to Advance
Public Health Practice and Professional Development
Summer Series events hosted by the Office of Public Health Practice and the Student Assembly, “Engaging in Public Health Practice” and “Translating Public Health Knowledge and Experience Into Action,” bring faculty, staff, students, and alumni together to explore important tools and topics for advancing public health.
The “Translating Public Health Knowledge and Experience Into Action” series offers the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to advance public health and to help students navigate their own career transitions and trajectories. The “Engaging in Public Health Practice” series engages the School community around topics such as racism and health equity, local and global advocacy, and public health communications in times of crisis.
Students play a leading role in this series by moderating the panel discussions with faculty and facilitating student-only discussion sessions.
These Summer Series are part of the Practice Office’s ongoing effort to bring together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and communities to advance public health, equity, and social justice in Baltimore, across the nation, and around the world.