Editor's Note, Health Equity Connector Publication

Showcasing & building multidisciplinary connections 

The team at the Alliance for a Healthier World is thrilled to launch the first edition 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. 

This publication serves researchers, practitioners, community leaders and members, policymakers and others focused on addressing health inequities globally and locally. It will highlight the complex connections between various determinants of health and wellbeing for all. The Health Equity Connector connects those from diverse sectors and disciplines by sharing original writings and visuals from Johns Hopkins colleagues, partner organizations and communities we work with. Each edition will also 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.

Publication is targeted for the first or second week of each month.

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What is in this publication?

This first edition introduces the Johns Hopkins community to the Alliance for a Healthier World, maps its progress and future direction and highlights ways the Alliance is creating the conditions for robust collaborations in global health equity.  It also provides a taste of the useful content to come in future editions. This month we’ve included:

  • Research and new tools related to gender equity and justice
  • Interviews with JHU researchers about interests related to food and nutrition security 
  • Recap of events connecting diverse JHU experts 
  • Updates of funding opportunities available from AHW and elsewhere
  • Relevant conferences and events, globally and locally

In next 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?
  • Interconnectedness & multidisciplinary collaboration. How can perspectives and expertise from non-public health disciplines be integrated and contribute to advancing health equity?
  • Survey results from 200+ faculty across JHU about multidisciplinary collaboration and sharing research capabilities and field resources
  • 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:

  • Informative, inspiring stories showcasing community voices and/or lessons learned about research approaches, project implementation or engagement at community sites
  • 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).

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


Special thanks to Katie Igrec for helping to pull together this first edition 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 first edition 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.