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Johns Hopkins: Bloomberg School To House National Health Policy Research Scholars Center To Train Next Generation of Leaders

One of the country’s leading programs for health policy scholars will make the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health its home starting this summer. The Health Policy Research Scholars program is a four-year national leadership development program to train full-time doctoral students from non-clinical, academic disciplines with a policy focus to build a culture of health in their disciplines and communities. The program’s center will be led by Dr. Keshia M. Pollack Porter, a professor in the School’s department of health policy and management.

Established in 2016, the program focuses on supporting students who are typically underrepresented in doctoral programs. The program is designed to augment doctoral students’ training by developing their leadership, networking, communications, research, and policy skills.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest U.S.-based philanthropy focused exclusively on improving health and health care for all Americans, is funding the program. AcademyHealth, a leading national organization for professionals that produce and use health services and policy research to improve health and the delivery of health care, is the center’s key partner organization.

A nationally recognized health policy researcher, Dr. Pollack Porter has published widely on injury prevention, active transportation, and workplace safety and health, and has engaged in policymaking at the local, state, and federal levels.

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