Editor's Note, Exciting 2nd Issue - Health Equity Connector

Supporting multidisciplinary connections

We're pleased to publish the second issue of the Health Equity Connector, a monthly roundup of multidisciplinary news, current trends, activities, and opportunities for working together to tackle the complex issues of health equity. 

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This publication serves researchers, practitioners, community leaders and members, and policymakers focused on addressing health inequities globally and locally. It aims to:

  • Highlight the complex connections between various determinants of health and wellbeing 
  • Connect those from diverse sectors and disciplines by sharing original writings and visuals from Johns Hopkins colleagues, partner organizations and communities 
  • Offer a tailored list of useful articles, tools and tips curated from relevant publications and social media postings, and highlight global and local opportunities including events, funding, contests and training resources.

What is in this publication?

The second issue continues to introduce our Johns Hopkins community to the Alliance for a Healthier World, map its progress and highlight ways the Alliance is creating the conditions for robust collaborations in global health equity.  This month we’ve included:

  • Results of a university-wide researcher survey that maps JHU global presence
  • First in a series about the value of global/local approaches to challenges
  • Closer look at one of our four thematic research priorities, Healthy Environments
  • Spotlight on the new Primary Health Care with roots in the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration
  • Updates of funding opportunities available from AHW and elsewhere
  • Relevant conferences and events, globally and locally

In next few issues of the Health Equity Connector, we’ll take a closer look at;

  • What is health equity as viewed from public health and various disciplines? Hear from our #HealthEquityVoices
  • Interconnectedness & multidisciplinary collaboration. How can perspectives and expertise from non-public health disciplines be integrated and contribute to advancing health equity?
  • Stories and other informative articles from results of AHW-funded multidisciplinary research teams.

Interested in having your team’s work featured? 

Submissions are welcomed from all Johns Hopkins Divisions, partners and affiliates. The content must have specific relevance to our readers who are focused on tackling challenges around health equity (or one of the AHW priority research themes). 

Types of content to consider submitting include:

  • Review or summarize a case study about a campaign, research approach, or project implementation and highlight the implications for health equity or multidisciplinary research
  • Offer a reaction, opinion or summary on a groundbreaking published paper or mainstream media article (e.g. new policy, new research) and its implications for health equity
  • Interviews with subject matter experts (researchers or community voices directly affected by health inequity)
  • Informative, inspiring stories showcasing community voices and/or lessons learned about research approaches, project implementation or engagement at community sites

For further information on the process to submit items to the Health Equity Connector, please read our Content Guidelines.

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Katie Igrec for helping to pull together this second issue of the Health Equity Connector. Also, a big thank you to authors who submitted pieces this month, and to AHW team colleagues, Ben Link and Nina Martin for editing support.

We look forward to your feedback on this second issue and to showcasing your future contributions.

Sheridan Jones

Editor, Health Equity Connector

Sheridan Jones is the Associate Director for Communications & Outreach at the Alliance for a Healthier World (AHW). She brings an integrative communications lens to AHW with more than a decade experience in diverse cultural settings across five continents, training in multiple disciplines, and a passion for human health and environmental conservation.