ABOUT THE CENTER FOR HEALTH SECURITY

 

MISSION

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security works to protect people's health from the consequences of epidemics and disasters and to ensure that communities are resilient to major challenges.

Our Work 

We examine how scientific and technological innovations can strengthen health security. And we advance policies and practice to address a range of challenges, including the global rise in emerging infectious diseases, a continued risk of pandemic flu, major natural disasters, our dependence on vulnerable infrastructure, outbreaks of foodborne illness, and the potential for biological, chemical, or nuclear accidents or intentional threats.

An important part of our mission is to connect diverse and international communities of health and science experts, industry representatives, and government officials to strengthen collective efforts to improve health security.

The Center conducts independent research and analysis, and we communicate our results to inform the work of decision makers across communities. We do this work through the combined talents of our scholars in science, medicine, public health, law, social sciences, economics, and national security.

The Bifurcated Needle

The Center's blog is named after a simple, innovative tool that enabled the delivery of smallpox vaccine to millions of people over the course of the WHO's Smallpox Eradication Program.

Contributors

Amesh Adalja (@AmeshAA) is a Senior Associate with the Center for Health Security and a quadruple board-certified physician. His research interests focus on emerging infectious diseases and hospital preparedness. He also has a personal blog, www.trackingzebra.com.  

Anita Cicero is the COO and Deputy Director of the Center for Health Security, and an attorney by training.  

Crystal Watson (@C_R_Watson) is an Associate with the Center for Health Security. Crystal’s research interests focus on public health preparedness and risk assessment for public health threats. Crystal is a DrPH student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and is an amateur runner and languishing violinist.

Eric Toner (@eric_toner) is a Senior Associate with the Center for Health Security. He is an emergency physician and internist whose primary interests are healthcare preparedness for catastrophic disasters, pandemic influenza, antimicrobial resistance, and bioterrorism.

Gigi Gronvall (@ggronvall) is a Senior Associate with the Center for Health Security. She is the author of Preparing for Bioterrorism: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Leadership in Biosecurity, and Synthetic Biology: Safety, Security, and Promise. Her current work focuses on the role of scientists in national security, emerging biotechnologies, and biosafety.

Matthew P Shearer (@MatthewPShearer) is an Analyst at the Center for Health Security.  His research interests include biosecurity applications of agent-based models and preparedness/response for infectious disease and bioterrorist incidents.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a staunch advocate for the intergalactic eradication of midi-chlorians.

Matt Watson (@BioandBaseball) is a Senior Analyst at the Center for Health Security, as well as the editor of the Bifurcated Needle. He primarily studies public health and health system preparedness for epidemics and disasters.

Sanjana Ravi (@sanjravi89) is an analyst at the Center for Health Security. Her research interests include infectious diseases, health & human development, and humanitarian crises. She is also an accomplished speed reader, cartoon enthusiast, and budding foodie.

Tara Kirk Sell (@Skirkell) is an Associate with the Center for Health Security.  Tara’s research focuses on public health preparedness, funding for health security, preparedness and response for nuclear and radiological threats, and policy responses to emerging epidemics.  She is also a former Olympian and a parent.

Diane Meyer (@dianem2121) is an Analyst with the Center for Health Security. Her research interests include microbiology, emerging infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as an intensive care nurse in a level one trauma center.

Tom Inglesby (@T_Inglesby) is CEO and Director of the Center for Health Security, and an infectious disease physician by training. 

Visit us at: http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/