The Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has appointed Terrinieka Powell, PhD, MA, as Vice Chair, Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism and Equity (IDARE). 

Dr. Powell is expert in the field of adolescent health and community engagement. A major focus of her research and professional interest has been improving the health and well-being of Black youth through partnerships with youth, churches, schools, libraries, families, health departments and community-based organizations.  She has collaborated with institutions to promote educational attainment and prevent teen pregnancy, HIV, and substance use among adolescents of color.

"It’s an honor to serve my department and the school in this capacity," Dr. Powell said. "I’m looking forward to working with students, staff and faculty to help create a place where everyone feels welcomed, heard valued and respected."

Powell is Associate Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She also directs the C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown Community Health Scholarship Program which trains future public health leaders who are committed to eliminating health disparities in Baltimore and other cities.  Powell is a core faculty member of the Center for Adolescent Health and the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Powell has assumed this role,” says Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP, chair of the Bloomberg School’s Department of Population, Family, & Reproductive Health and William H. Gates Sr. Professor.  “Her commitment to addressing disparities and collaborative spirit will inspire new approaches to promote diversity and equity within our department and school community.” 

Prior to joining Bloomberg School of Public Health, Powell received her MA and PhD from DePaul University in 2006 and 2009 in Community Psychology.  She also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship focused on community-based participatory research with the W.K. Kellogg Health Scholars Program at the University of Michigan.  

For more information on IDARE, please read the announcement by Dean MacKenzie and Assistant Dean Joel Bolling.