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Center for Public Health Advocacy

About Us

The Center is housed in the Department of Health Policy and Management, but draws faculty from and provides resources to departments, centers and institutes from across the School . The Center is currently led by faculty from the Population, Family and Reproductive Health: Oying Rimon and Beth Fredrick.  Diane Coraggio is the Program Manager and leads all Center activities and the engagement of associated faculty, staff, consultants, and students. The Center's Internal Advisory Board comprises faculty from across the school who are active in both domestic and global advocacy practice.

The Vision

Advocacy is defined as—a combination of individual and social actions designed to gain political commitment, policy support, social acceptance and systems support for a particular health goal or program.

We believe in and support a culture of evidence-based advocacy that changes social norms and improves public health for all. We envision a world where evidence is generated, translated, disseminated and placed into the hands of effective advocates who use it to create lasting change for the public’s health and well-being.

With this vision in mind, the Center for Public Health Advocacy was established in December 2016 within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) and with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, and Dean, Michael J. Klag.

The Mission

The cross-departmental Center for Public Health Advocacy aims to facilitate innovation in advocacy research, teaching and practice; to connect leaders across public health disciplines; and to generate future public health professionals who are as skilled in advocacy as they are in science and public health practice. The Center for Public Health Advocacy is a place where students, organizers, educators, researchers, and policymakers around the world can come to learn, exchange ideas and experiences, and receive training related to public health advocacy.