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Deborah Agus

Deborah Agus, JD

Deborah Agus received her law degree from Cornell Law School in 1979 and has spent most of her career in the field of public mental health policy. As Counsel and Director of Policy at Baltimore Mental Health Systems, Inc., Deborah designed and implemented a case rate pilot project for persons suffering from serious and persistent mental illness who were targeted as the State’s heaviest users and a system-wide crisis service. She is currently the Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Leadership Institute and an Adjunct Faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she teaches classes on developing public mental health systems and mental health and the law. As Executive Director of BHLI, Deborah has implemented programs to deliver services to underserved populations and created training programs for para-professional and community health workers. Ms. Agus and BHLI have served as the site for several student internships and received the 2011 Source Community Service Award for Faculty. Ms. Agus is the author of several articles related to mental health and substance use services and is the author of the Law Chapter in the book Public Mental Health, Ed. Dr. Eaton, published 2012 Oxford Press.

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Halida Hanum Akhter, MCPS, MPH, DrPH

Dr. Akhter is the Chief of Party on the USAID-DFID NGO Health Service Delivery Project, a Senior Country Director with Pathfinder International, and a Senior Associate in the Department of International Health, Division of Human Nutrition. Dr. Akhter is a reproductive health epidemiologist with over 30 years of national and international experience. She is a medical graduate and obtained Membership of College of Physician and Surgeon (MCPS) in OB/GYN, MPH and Dr.PH from Johns Hopkins University following which, as a Rockefeller Fellow, she served as Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (EIS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  Atlanta, GA. Dr. Halida was Founder Director the Bangladesh Institute of Research for Promotion of Essential and Reproductive Health Technologies (BIRPERHT) for 16 years; she was Director General of the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB), and Founder of a grassroots-level organization (Society for Health Promotion Links) that trains women to become community maternity practitioners in rural Bangladesh.

Gerard Anderson

Gerard F Anderson, PhD

Dr. Anderson is a professor of health policy and management and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins in 1983, Dr Anderson worked in the Office of the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services from 1978 to 1983. Dr. Anderson is currently advocating for policy changes for people with chronic conditions, reforming drug pricing, learning from other countries health systems, and health care payment reform. He has testified in Congress over 50 times and addresses the media quite frequently.

Sara Benjamin Neelon

Sara Benjamin Neelon, PhD

Dr. Benjamin Neelon is a child nutritionist with training in dietary intervention research (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and nutritional epidemiology (Harvard Medical School). In addition to her academic appointment at Johns Hopkins University, she is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge. She joined the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) in 2011. Sara’s research focuses on policy and environmental approaches to obesity prevention at the population level. The majority of her research targets young children and women during pregnancy.

David Bishai, MD, MPH, PhD

David Bishai, MD, MPH, PhD

Dr. Bishai is currently professor and director of the Interdepartmental Health Economics Program at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. He conducts research on the relationship between public health department practice and population health outcomes in the US and in low and middle income countries. He has led work on assessing the quality of public health practice in Botswana, Mozambique, Qatar, and Angola as well as the role of WHO in improving essential public health functions. 

His contributions to health economics further our understanding of the impact of public health interventions to improved population health and the reduction of health disparities.  He serves as president of the International Health Economics Association from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.  He teaches classes in health economics, systems thinking and quality improvement in public health.

Robert Blum

Robert Wm. Blum, MD, MPH, PhD

Dr. Blum is the emeritus William H. Gates, Sr. Professor Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Director, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. He has edited two books, and has written over 300 journal articles, book chapters and special reports. He is a Past-President of the Society for Adolescent Medicine; has served on the American Board of Pediatrics; was a charter member of the sub-Board of Adolescent Medicine is a past chair of the Guttmacher Institute Board of Directors and served as chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Adolescent Health and Development. In 2006, The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine elected Dr. Blum into membership. He is a consultant to The World Bank, UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) where recently he authored the guidance on adolescent pregnancy, as well as the World Health Organization where he has served on the Technical Advisory Group of the Child and Adolescent Health Department as well as the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the Human Reproductive Program.

Joanna Cohen

Joanna Cohen, PhD

Dr. Cohen is the Bloomberg Professor of Disease Prevention and the Director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been involved in tobacco policy research for over 20 years. Trained in epidemiology and health policy, her research interests focus on the factors that affect the adoption and implementation of public health policies and on evaluating the beneficial effects and the unintended consequences of such policies. She has worked on studies of legislators regarding tobacco and tobacco control policy, a longitudinal cohort of smokers focusing on factors influencing quitting behavior, tobacco promotion at the point of sale, tobacco prices including taxes, tobacco packaging, options for reducing the physical availability of tobacco products, and tobacco industry interference in tobacco control. Dr. Cohen has been recognized for her teaching and mentoring, and has co-led a 6-year training program in public health policy. She is the Deputy Editor of the journal Tobacco Control and has been a voting member of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee.

Cyrus Engineer

Cyrus Engineer, DrPH

Dr. Engineer is currently the Director of the Healthcare Management Program and Clinical Professor at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the department of International Health and the Strathmore Business School in Kenya. After obtaining his Masters in Hospital Administration from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, he pursued administrative careers at Hinduja and Breach Candy Hospitals in Mumbai. He led the first hospital in India to become certified to the ISO 9000 quality standard at a time when few formal accreditation programs existed. His passion for quality led him to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he worked and simultaneously obtained a Doctorate in Public Health in health care management and leadership. Dr. Engineer was most recently the country director for Johns Hopkins University’s operations in Afghanistan where he led a team of over 500 personnel involved in evaluating the performance of health facilities, conducting household surveys, estimating prevalence of HIV, obtaining maternal mortality estimates (RAMOS) and assessing World Bank’s Results Based Financing (RBF) Scheme.

Shannon Frattaroli

Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH

Dr. Frattaroli is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management. She serves as Associate Director for Outreach of the Center for Injury Research and Policy, and core faculty at the Center for Gun Policy and Research. At the School Dr. Frattaroli teaches courses on Public Health Policy Formulation, Policy Communication, and Implementation Research and Practice. Her research focuses on policy and advocacy strategies designed to prevent injury, with particular attention to how interventions are implemented once in place. Most of Dr. Frattaroli’s work focuses on preventing injuries related to residential fires, other home injuries, opioid misuse and abuse, and gun violence – particularly firearm-related domestic violence. Dr. Frattaroli is committed to work that advances the translation of findings into policy and practice. She has published widely on the use of qualitative methods in injury prevention, as well as on the science and practice of translating injury prevention interventions.

Duff Gillespie

Duff Gillespie, PhD

Dr. Gillespie is a Senior Scholar at The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, a Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Principal Investigator for the Advance Family Planning project. Previously, Dr. Gillespie served as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Global Health Bureau at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He has worked in the health and population fields for over 40 years and was the Director of USAID’s Office for Population for seven years. Before moving to Johns Hopkins in 2004, he was a Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Connie Hoe

Connie Hoe, MSW, PhD'15

Connie is a mixed methods researcher with training in global health and macro social work. She currently serve as an Assistant Scientist in the Department of International Health, Health Systems Program and a core faculty member of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control and the International Injury Research Unit. Connie's work primarily focuses on the politics of health policy in resource-limited settings; this includes investigating industry interference in policy making and understanding how international and national actors work collectively to advocate for national policy change. Connie teaches several courses at Johns Hopkins and is one of the co-primary instructors for "Policy advocacy in low-and middle-income countries: application for real world challenges." Connie received her PhD in International Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MSW from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, and BA from Johns Hopkins University.

Adnan Hyder

Adnan A. Hyder, MD, PhD, MPH

Dr. Hyder serves as Professor and Director of the Health Systems Program, and Associate Chair in the Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. He also serves as Director of the International Injury Research Unit, a WHO Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention. Dr. Hyder is also Associate Director for Global Bioethics of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. He has been working on health systems in developing countries for 20 years and has co-authored over 285 papers in the international literature. He also directs several capacity development projects in South Asia and Africa funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and has edited several major global reports from the World Health Organization, World Bank and UNICEF. Dr. Hyder earned his M.D. from the Aga Khan University, Pakistan and obtained his MPH and Ph.D. in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

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Celia Karp, PhD

Ceclia Karp is an assistant scientist in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a social and behavioral scientist with a focus in epidemiology and maternal and reproductive health, her research focuses on the intersections among structural and psychosocial factors and women’s reproductive health behaviors and outcomes. She is a Senior Technical Advisor with the Performance Monitoring and Accountability (PMA) and PMA-Ethiopia projects, leading research on reproductive empowerment, quality of care, and access to and use of maternal and reproductive health services. She collaborates with PMA country partners to enhance data use and dissemination, recognizing the value of actionable data for improving health systems and services. Karp is particularly interested in the dynamics of contraceptive use, preferences, and choices. Through her research, Karp seeks to enhance understanding and measurement of factors contributing to sexual and reproductive health outcomes and inequities.

Rupali Limaye

Rupali J. Limaye, PhD, MPH, MA

Rupali J. Limaye, PhD, MPH, MA, is a social and behavioral scientist. She currently serves as a full-time faculty member within the Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program in the Department of International Health, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society. She completed her doctoral degree in social and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on health communication and sexual and reproductive health. Her mixed-method work examines how various influences affect health behavior and how to leverage those influences to affect positive behavior change.  She also studies how health information can best be communicated to individuals in different contexts and through different channels. In her 15 years of working in global health, she has worked in more than 20 countries, on topics including immunization, family planning, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and alcohol. She also holds an MPH in global health and an MA in international affairs.

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Paul Locke, JD, DrPH

Dr. Paul A. Locke, an environmental health scientist and attorney, is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering.  He holds joint appointments in the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Department of Health, Behavior and Society.  Dr. Locke has an MPH from Yale University School of Medicine, a DrPH from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a JD degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the state of New York and the District of Columbia, the Southern District Court of New York and is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court.

At Hopkins, Dr. Locke leads an integrated program that focuses on research-to-practice initiatives to advance the use of in vitro toxicology and radiation protection policy at federal and international organizations. He has published widely in both law reviews and scientific journals, has developed three cross-disciplinary courses in environmental law and policy and animal law, and also works directly with state and federal legislators to design and enact evidence-based laws.  Dr. Locke has served as an expert scientific witness in court proceedings before the Superior Court of Quebec (Quebec, Canada) and has been retained as an expert scientific witness by the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia, United States).

Benjamin Loraze

Benjamin V. Lozare, PhD

Dr. Lozare is the Director for Capacity Building and Training at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs. Benjamin Lozare has more than thirty years of experience in research, teaching, and practice in international and development communication. He has served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the Health Sciences Campus of the University of the Philippines, as the first Director-General of the Philippine Information Agency, and as Deputy Secretary-General of the Asian Mass Communication Research and Information Center. He has consulted with the World Bank and UN agencies such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East, and the UNFPA. At JHU/PCS he has led the development of SCOPE (Strategic Communication Planning and Evaluation), a computer-aided communication planning software used in training workshops. Dr. Lozare was an Eisenhower Fellow and recipient of the first Newsweek International Communication Grant. He obtained his PhD in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin.

Henry Mosley

Henry Mosley, MD

Dr. Mosley has worked for over 45 in years in international population and public health programs. He was the Chair of the Department of Population Dynamics at Hopkins in 1985 and held this position until he stepped down in 1998. During this time he established the Johns Hopkins Institute for International Programs and later co-founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. He also initiated the Internet-based distance education program that, since 1998 has been offering the part-time iMPH degree to Hopkins students worldwide.

With Dr. Ben Lozare, Dr. Mosley has developed the curriculum and the STARGuide computer software for the Strategic Leadership Seminars for Health System Transformation. Since 1998, they have conducted annual international Seminars in Baltimore, and over 24 national Seminars in Asia, Africa and Latin America . This Strategic Leadership training has now been institutionalized in public health training programs in over a dozen universities in China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, and Ethiopia.

Dr. Mosley has published over 140 scientific papers covering areas such as infectious and parasitic diseases, demographic and population studies, reproductive health, child survival, and population and health policy in developing countries.In 2011, the American Public Health Association recognized his outstanding contributions in International Health with the Carl Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015 he received the Christian International Health Champion Award from Christian Connections for International Health.

Keshia Pollack

Keshia M. Pollack, PhD, MPH

Dr. Pollack joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2006 as the Leon S. Robertson Faculty Development Chair in Injury Prevention, which she held through 2009. Dr. Pollack is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and Associate Director of Training and Education for the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. She is also the Director of the School’s Institute for Health and Social Policy, which advances research, training, and practice that examines how social policies impact health determinants, health outcomes, and equity. Dr. Pollack is nationally and internationally recognized for her research, which uses tools such as injury epidemiology and health impact assessment to advance policies that create safe and healthy environments where people live, work, play, and travel. Dr. Pollack’s work also includes direct interactions with policymakers and other key decision-makers to promote the development and implementation of evidence-informed policies.

Dr. Pollack holds degrees from Tufts University (BA, Sociology and Community Health), Yale School of Public Health (MPH, Chronic Disease Epidemiology), and Johns Hopkins University (PhD, Health and Public Policy). Prior to joining the JHSPH faculty, Dr. Pollack completed a postdoctoral fellowship in evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Lois Privor Dumm

Lois Privor-Dumm, IMBA

Lois Privor-Dumm is a senior advisor of Policy, Advocacy & Communications and director, Adult Vaccines at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC). She works at global, regional and local levels across the world to build public and political support for new vaccines. In low- and middle-income countries, particularly India, her projects have helped support transformational efforts to equitably and sustainably introduce new vaccines. She founded the International Council on Adult immunization with experts from the Americas, Europe and Asia to call for new policies and strengthening of vaccination platforms, now receiving increased attention in the era of COVID-19. She has spent more than 20 years supporting policy, building coalitions and a greater understanding of the broader value of vaccines and is now working both globally and at a community level in Baltimore City to build trust and acceptance of vaccination in older adults. She holds an International Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, she also studied and worked in Belgium and Spain. She has traveled and worked in more than 70 countries around the world.

Travis Rieder, PhD

Travis Rieder, PhD

Travis Rieder, PhD, is the Assistant Director for Education Initiatives, Director of the Master of Bioethics degree program and Research Scholar at the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Travis’ work tends to fall into one of two, distinct research programs. The first concerns ethics and policy questions about sustainability and planetary limits. Much of this research has been on issues in climate change ethics and procreative ethics with a particular focus on the intersection of the two – that is, on the question of responsible procreation in the era of climate change. The second, and much newer, research program concerns ethical and policy issues surrounding America’s opioid epidemic.

In addition to his more scholarly writing, Travis is firmly committed to doing bioethics with the public, and to that end writes and interviews regularly for the popular media; his work has appeared in many high-impact publications, including The Guardian, Washington Post, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He writes regularly for The Conversation and blogs occasionally at The Huffington Post and the Berman Institute Bioethics Bulletin.

 You can find an updated CV for Travis, as well as many of his publications, here.

Beth Resnick

Beth A. Resnick, DrPH, MPH

Dr. Resnick is an Associate Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. She is the Director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Training and the MSPH Program in Health Policy. Her research and practice interests include assessing and improving the public health infrastructure, enhancing knowledge of potential environment and health connections, and developing effective public health policies.

Prior to her appointment at Johns Hopkins, Beth Resnick was Director of Environmental Health at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). She provided education, information, research, and technical assistance to the nation’s 3,000 local health departments and facilitated partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies in order to promote and strengthen local environmental public health practice.

Joanne Rosen

Joanne Rosen, JD, MA

Joanne Rosen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Director of the Clinic for Public Health Law and Policy. Her interests include reproductive health, the regulation of intimate behavior and relationships, and discrimination. In particular, Joanne is interested in laws that regulate in these areas, in the stigma that may be associated with these laws, and in the ways these laws enhance, impede or affect public health.  Joanne is trained as an attorney and obtained her JD and MA at the University of Toronto. Before moving to the United States, she served as counsel to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and specialized in human rights and administrative law. She was also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and an instructor in the Bar Admission Course in Toronto.

Lainie Rutkow

Lainie Rutkow, JD, PhD, MPH

Dr. Rutkow is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Law and the Public's Health. She is jointly appointed in the School’s Department of Health, Behavior & Society and the School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine. She is core faculty of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research, and the School’s Office of Public Health Practice and Training. Dr. Rutkow uses legal, quantitative, and qualitative research methods to conduct policy analysis and evaluation in areas including emergency preparedness and chronic disease prevention. She has served as a Fellow with the Committee on Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives and has worked with the Legal Aid Society of New York’s Health Law Unit and the New York Civil Liberties Union. She earned a BA from Yale University, a JD from New York University School of Law, and an MPH and PhD, in health policy, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Joshua Sharfstein

Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD

Dr. Sharfstein is Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement and a Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also the Inaugural Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. Previously, Dr. Sharfstein served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2011 to 2014.  From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Sharfstein served as Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he oversaw the agency’s successful performance management and transparency initiatives. Prior to that, as Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City, Dr. Sharfstein led innovative efforts that contributed to major declines in both overdose deaths and infant mortality rates.

Dr. Sharfstein is an elected fellow of the Institute of Medicine (2014) and the National Academy of Public Administration (2013). He serves on the Board of Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine and on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association. His awards have included the Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award from the American Public Health Association (1994), Public Official of the Year from Governing Magazine (2008) and the Circle of Commendation Award from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (2013).

Michelle Spencer

Michelle Spencer, MS

Michelle Spencer is the associate director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and Associate Scientist within the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Spencer has over 20 year of experience in public health management and leadership and a wealth of experience in administrative and operational management, strategic planning, resource management, and policy development. As director of the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Spencer worked to address the preventable nature of public health issues through integrated, evidence-based approaches.

Spencer served as the Chief of Staff of the Baltimore City Health Department from 2004 to 2012. Spencer co-authored Healthy Baltimore 2015 and Serving the Uninsured and Underserved Through Coalition-Building and Special Attention to Men’s Health in Community Voices: Health Matters (2010). She holds a master’s degree in Health Services Management and Policy from New School University in New York, New York  and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and African Studies from Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York.

Jon Vernick

Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH

Dr. Vernick, is a Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. he is also Co-Director of both the Johns Hopkins Center for Center for Law and the Public’s Health and of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. He is Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. Dr. Vernick is also the Co-Director of the School’s MPH/JD dual degree program and an Associate Chair of the school-wide MPH program.

Jon Vernick’s work has concentrated on ways in which the law and legal interventions can improve the public's health. He is particularly interested in epidemiology, policy, legal, and ethical issues associated with preventing injuries and violence, having published more than 100 scholarly articles, chapters, and reports on these and other topics. Jon Vernick received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, his law degree cum laude from George Washington University, and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Julia Wolfson

Julia Wolfson, PhD

Dr. Wolfson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health, Human Nutrition Program at JHSPH. Her research lies at the intersection of health policy and health behavior and centers on health behaviors, environmental factors, policies, programs, and interventions related to diet quality, food insecurity, and diet related disease prevention. Through research using qualitative, quantitative, mixed, and community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods, Dr. Wolfson strives to contribute to evidence-based social and policy change supporting the creation of health promoting, equitable, and sustainable food systems. Dr. Wolfson’s recent and current research focuses on contextual, environmental, and policy factors that influence cooking skills and behavior, food insecurity, and diet quality. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a particular area of research interest. Other work focuses on policies and programs to address food insecurity in the United States and elucidating the immediate and long-term health consequences of food insecurity across the life course. In other work Dr. Wolfson has focused on away from home food environments including chain restaurants, menu/food labeling, food marketing, food access, and approaches to limit consumption of sugar sweetened beverages.