Research & Innovation Focus

The AHW has identified four thematic areas where an integration of expertise and perspectives is needed to address difficult and inter-dependent social problems. This intends to focus research and innovation on areas where JHU is best positioned to harness its expertise to make impact.  

  • Each thematic area addresses underlying and systemic drivers that create a large burden of health inequity around the world. They are also connected to each other; the AHW will support work both within and especially across thematic areas.
  • The thematic areas address unresolved, complex and rapidly changing concerns that have consequences for all, while particularly affecting the most disadvantaged populations.

1. Food & Nutrition Security

Recognize critical linkages between food systems, local context and dietary adequacy to maintain nutritional health across all stages of life, in an era of both inflexibility and transition in dietary imbalance and malnutrition. Research in this area would integrate public health, nutritional sciences, food security and ethics, agriculture and economics to address nutritional inequities in underserved societies across national income divides.  Read more about this theme here.


2. Healthy Environments

Identify how global climate change and environmental degradation at local, regional and global levels pose risks for decreasing equities in human health and nutrition.  Develop sustainable solutions on how to best act to protect health and nutrition. Read more about this theme here.


3. Gender Equity & Justice

Examines impacts of power, oppression and discrimination on gender and health equity. Develops, implements and evaluates initiatives to advance gender and health equity resulting in more peaceful and prosperous societies. Read more about this theme here.


4. Transformative Technologies & Institutions

Discovering, developing and delivering transformative technologies, including design of innovative platforms, financing mechanisms, and reengineering the healthcare value chain (design, market, produce, deliver and support healthcare services and products, emphasizing quality of care and incorporating efficient use of resources). Apply community-user perspectives and systems thinking to improve processes, infrastructure and institutions that enable successful introduction of new technologies focused on reducing health inequities. Read more about this theme here.

AHW's Thematic Icon Designs

The team at Alliance for a Healthier World worked closely with Jess Bromley Bartram, Illustration & Design to create unique sets of icons and illustrations to represents key elements of each thematic area.