Director's Welcome to the Health Equity Connector

The Johns Hopkins University Alliance for a Healthier World formally launched in the spring of 2017—one year ago—with the stated goal of cultivating and enabling new faculty and student collaborations focused on the complex problems that lie at the heart of global health equity. We have organized our Alliance around four broad thematic areas: Food & Nutrition Security , Gender, Healthy Environments, and Transformative Technology & Institutions and benefitted immensely from the leadership and expertise of our faculty leaders in each of these domains. 

Our mandate is one of inclusion, diversity and multidisciplinary thinking and action. The activities we pursue as an Alliance bring people together, from across the Johns Hopkins University, to learn from one another and design solutions for complex problems that are greater than the sum of their parts. 

Over the past year we have advanced a series of planning and implementation grants, created connections for faculty and students working in global health and designed student enrichment experiences that lay the groundwork for an innovative and coordinated research, policy and scholarship agenda centered on our driving principal of global health equity. In addition to these activities we convened a World Café event focused on the topic of global health equity last fall and the faculty response was insightful and humbling. We hope to do much more convening in the year ahead.

  Visual representation of conversations between faculty and staff from all divisions of Johns Hopkins University during the multidisciplinary world cafe event "Cocktails & Conversations: Diverse Perspectives on Health Equity & Social Justice" in October, 2017.

Visual representation of conversations between faculty and staff from all divisions of Johns Hopkins University during the multidisciplinary world cafe event "Cocktails & Conversations: Diverse Perspectives on Health Equity & Social Justice" in October, 2017.

I’ll close this reflection with a note of gratitude and a preview of what is ahead. First, I’d like to offer thanks to President Daniels and Provost Kumar, as well as the many people working in their offices who have provided guidance and encouragement. I’d like to thank also the Steering Committee members of the Alliance, who come from each of the University’s Schools and Divisions. I’d also like the thank the thematic leaders and our AHW staff for all they are doing to make this endeavor a success.

Looking ahead to the next year we have great hope and confidence that the activities of the Alliance will continue to achieve our central aim of bringing together our dynamic faculty, staff,  and students to form new collaborations, bring together new and old partners from around the world, and unlock the full potential of Johns Hopkins University to be a leader in solving intractable challenges in global health equity.  

We hope the Health Equity Connector becomes your go-to source for updates on new knowledge and opportunities related to global health equity.  

Looking forward to working with many of you this next year toward our collective goal of a more equitable world.

Sincerely,

David Peters

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David Peters is the Director of the Alliance for a Healthier World (AHW), and the Chair and Professor at the International Health department in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research explores the factors that improve overall levels and distribution of health status, the risk of poverty due to health expenditures and ill health, and public satisfaction with health services.