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Date: Apr 2013

Today marks the launch of the new Bloomberg Philanthropies website: featuring information on all of the organization's focus areas, including road safety!

From the foundation: 
NEW YORK  (April 30, 2013) – Bloomberg Philanthropies today launched a new website featuring the first comprehensive look at all programs and initiatives in the organization’s five key focus areas including Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts at
The new Bloomberg Philanthropies website defines the mission, work, and philanthropic approach of the foundation. It features the first annual program update and letter by Michael R. Bloomberg, providing an in-depth look at the organization’s charitable activities for 2012. The letter lays out Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic philosophy, and how his experiences as Mayor of New York City and as an entrepreneur inform Bloomberg Philanthropies’ approach to its work. The website also features program and initiative information, reports and case studies, as well as a blog with updates on the latest news from Bloomberg Philanthropies and partners worldwide.
"I believe we all have a responsibility to shape the future for the better—and to leave our children and theirs a better world," said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "Bloomberg Philanthropies puts what I’ve learned during my time as an entrepreneur and mayor to work supporting those who are saving lives, driving change, inspiring audiences, and protecting the planet."
"The new Bloomberg Philanthropies website--combined with our inaugural Annual Letter and Program Update--will allow us to better communicate the work we and our partners do to help people around the world live better, longer lives," said Bloomberg.
Michael R. Bloomberg’s entrepreneurial spirit, public-policy experience, and belief in the power of cities to drive solutions to pressing global problems define Bloomberg Philanthropies’ approach to making the world a better place. Bloomberg Philanthropies works in five focus areas that encompass the issues Michael R. Bloomberg is most passionate about, including:
•      Public Health: Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health program aims to combat preventable health hazards by spreading proven solutions to protect more people and save more lives. Tobacco Control, Road Safety and Maternal Health programs use effective strategies on the local and national levels to improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide.
•      Environment: Bloomberg Philanthropies believes that real progress fighting climate change happens at the local level and focuses on spurring change through initiatives to promote clean energy and urban sustainability.
•      Education: Bloomberg Philanthropies aims to improve education in America with a program to strengthen educational leadership and to advance good public policy in communities across the United States.
•      Government Innovation: Bloomberg Philanthropies equips mayors and local leaders with practical tools and approaches to solve major challenges and enable public sector innovation to flourish. Initiatives include the Mayors Challenge, Cities of Service, Innovation Delivery Teams and Financial Empowerment Centers.
•      The Arts: Bloomberg Philanthropies is helping arts organizations learn vital strategies to better manage their operations and access new funding sources through unique programs and partnerships.


Please join the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit as we recognize three of our students for receiving International Health Endowed Awards.

Casey Branchini, MHS, PhD candidate, Health Systems, is the recipient of the Humanitarian Assistance Award. This award provides support to masters and doctoral students who are committed to improving humanitarian response and health for refugees, displaced persons and populations affected by conflict and natural disasters. Later in the year, Casey plans on using her award to travel to Malaysia to conduct research on the scope and health impact of human rights violations committed against migrant laborers. She will look at the health impact of both intentional and unintentional injuries among individuals in and around the Kuala Lumpur area, including refugees and displaced persons from Burma, and migrant workers from many countries, including Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Nepal.  Casey is the research assistant for the RS10 in Cambodia. 

Casey Branchini
Casey Branchini

Nasreen Jessani, BSc, MSPH, DrPH candidate, Health Systems, is the recipient of the Nancy Stevens Student Support award.  This fund was established in 1970 as the International Health Fund, and provides grants to masters or doctoral students in the Department of International Health who are completing their degrees. For 37 years Nancy Stephens was an immensely popular student coordinator in the Department of International Health. At her retirement in 2001, Dr. Robert Black, chairman of the Department honored her by renaming this fund the Nancy Stephens Student Support Fund. Nasreen is a research assistant for the RS10 project in Vietnam. She intends to use the award for tuition support at the Bloomberg School.

Nasreen Jessani
Nasreen Jessani


Pooja Sripad, MPH, PhD candidate, Health Systems, is the recipient of the Robert D. and Helen S. Wright Fund. The award was established in 1983 by family members of former International Health faculty member, Robert Wright, MD, MPH ’40,  and provides support for a continuing doctoral student who expects to contribute to the improvement of public health in Africa. Pooja will use the award to support her dissertation work in Kenya, which focuses on health systems trust and women's experiences of maternity care in peri-urban contexts. She is a research assistant for the RS10 project in Brazil.

Pooja Sripad
Pooja Sripad

Congratulations to all award recipients!

Last week, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit hosted a meeting that brought together collaborators from the Road Safety in 10 Countries (RS10) project for an intensive, three-day conference in Baltimore.

Three years into the project, lead collaborators involved with the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) components of the project assembled to focus on the most up-to-date technical aspects of data collection and analysis in each of the participating countries. Sessions also included opportunities for open discussion, presentations on current RS10 work and networking. This conference was a follow-up to an initial M&E special meeting held in October, 2011, also hosted by JH-IIRU and held in Baltimore.

The Monitoring and Evaluation of Road Safety in 10 Countries, Mid-Project Review meeting took place at the Mt. Washington Conference Center from April 9-11, 2013. 

Group RS10
JH-IIRU faculty, staff and students meet with RS10 collaborators from participating countries. 

Cambodia collaborator, Chariya Ear

Brazil collabs
L to R: RS10 collaborators from Brazil, Drs Flavio Pechansky and Tanara Sousa

Turkey and IIRU
L to R: Turkey collaborator Turker Ozkan and JH-IIRU Research Assistants, Connie Hoe and Kate Allen

All photos courtesy of Mr. Chariya Ear


On April 3, 2013, JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder and research assistant, Connie Hoe, attended the opening ceremony for the “Road Safety Platform of Turkey” in Ankara, Turkey. The event also marked the launch of the “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020” in the country.

Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was honored at the ceremony by JH-IIRU, as well as other RS10 consortium partners, for his support of road safety in Turkey. Dr. Hyder presented him with a certificate of appreciation.  The Prime Minister pledged to continue the work in Turkey, suggesting more precautions against drunk driving in the country.

Also on hand for the ceremony were Road Safety in 10 Countries (RS10) consortium partners, including Dr. Etienne Krug, WHO Director, Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, Ms. Rochelle Sobel, General Director of the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), as well as the Turkish Minister of Health and Minister of the Interior.

For more information, click here.

Hyder and PM
Dr. Adnan Hyder (right) presents Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with a certificate of appreciation.


The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is pleased to announce that our free, online certificate training program, Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (RTIP) is now live!

Comprised of seven multimedia educational modules, this comprehensive program covers a wide range of topics, from the basics of road traffic injury prevention to setting up injury surveillance systems, evaluating road safety interventions and influencing policy on road traffic injuries (RTIs). The lectures are taught by a variety of instructors, including JH-IIRU faculty as well as experts in the field of injury prevention control and trauma care from around the world.

More information here:

Access RTIP here:

RTIP is hosted via the platform TRAMS. 

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