Editor's Note, 3rd Issue - Health Equity Connector

Promoting multidisciplinary research and innovation

We're pleased to publish the third 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. 

About the Health Equity Connector

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's in this month's publication?

The third issue continues to introduce our readers from the Johns Hopkins community, and beyond, to the Alliance for a Healthier World and highlight ways we're supporting robust collaborations to advance global health equity.  This month we’ve included:

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  • A thoughtful feature on the ways food systems, agriculture, and Alma Ata's primary health care intersect when promoting health equity at community and global levels
  • Spotlight on valuable work by one of our planning grantees focused on reducing gender-based violence and risks to adolescent girls in American Indian communities
  • Closer look at one of our four thematic research priorities, Food & Nutrition Security
  • 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 of disciplines during 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 third issue of the Health Equity Connector. Also, a big thank you to authors who submitted pieces this month.

I'd love to hear your feedback on this third issue. Please be in touch via email.

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.