1. Events 

The Alliance for a Healthier World will host a number of events to bring together faculty and students from across all campuses. 

Conferences and seminars

Expert speaker panels sharing new perspectives on overlapping fields of interest to our audience of faculty, students and international partners across diverse disciplines

Meet & discuss sessions

A number of meet & discuss sessions will be held at various JHU campuses. These will be designed to invite faculty and students from across the University, to meet and share ideas about health equity and social justice perspectives. The sessions are intended to build relationships between people who otherwise would not meet, spark ideas for collaboration, and create common language for multiple disciplinary work.

Problem smashing sessions

Throughout the planning and implementation grant process, the Alliance for a Healthier World  will host several problem-smashing sessions.

Problem-smashing sessions are meant to recruit different perspectives to tackle a common challenge. The discussions at a problem-smashing session will involve careful preparatory groundwork, strategic selection of stakeholders and academic participants, and a healthy collision of ideas, hopefully brought together uniquely to address the problem.

  • Some problem-smashing sessions will be organized around a single substantive challenge, and others might find a unifying theme around a common approach, like citizen science, but share lessons from tackling different problems that might be addressed by that approach.

  • These sessions not only support the development of ideas, but also connect potential grant funding applicants to resources available within the various schools of the University.

  • Problem smashing sessions are also an opportunity for individuals to find teams to collaborate with or for developed teams to recruit needed skills and resources into their projects.

  • Sessions will consist of structured and unstructured activities to expose potential grant funding applicants to resources (labs, equipment, technical expertise) that are available to them across the schools of the University; in addition to offering brainstorming and focusing activities to assist potential applicants in answering critical questions to the design of their proposal.

2. Collaborative Resources

The Alliance for a Healthier World will offer resources to foster knowledge sharing, problem solving and effective collaboration with cross sector colleagues.

Online platform to share ideas and information

Crowdsourcing platform & communities

The platform allows the University community to share challenges in global health and identify where interventions might make a significant health equity difference. Individuals or teams may post problem statements, issues, brief concept notes or other contributions for the University community to respond to and/or contact each other directly.

Those posting questions or challenges might be: grappling with them in their work and hope that others might take these up; searching for potential partners to tackle an interdisciplinary problem; or just actively soliciting ideas to improve upon their approach. 

Crowd sourcing is designed to introduce potential applicants to new ideas, stimulate conversations and bring together collaborative teams based on similar interests or different skill sets to address a common challenge.

Online library of resources

Online library of resources will be provided to build the collaborative capacities of individuals and research teams.

Training materials

Topics covered in webinars or factsheets include:

  • Connecting with other experts to broaden your work

  • How to work more effectively together across disciplines

  • Accessing further grant funding

  • Collaborative grant writing

  • Communicating science - translating research for accessibility of non-expert audiences


  • Connecting individuals and teams with diverse expertise

  • Glossary of jargon terminology used in specific disciplines plus alternatives

The Resource Library is being developed.

3. Strategic Communications Support

Strategic communications from AHW will support research teams' efforts in global health advocacy, seeking funding and uptake of research..

  • Translation of research/knowledge sharing to expand exposure to non-expert audiences (communities, practitioners, media, policy makers)

  • Fundraising and communications support for research team grantees

  • Documentary photo and video stories (about affected communities, partners, lessons and impact)

  • Showcasing successful work of other JHU multidisciplinary centers