Engaging Public Health and JHU Researchers to Design Healthy Communities

April 12, 2017

With a generous gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2016, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health established the Bloomberg American Health Initiative (BAHI) to build a network of public health practitioners, organizations and researchers to gain insight and make progress in five priority areas: addiction and overdose, violence, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, and risks to adolescent health.

With this charge, the Environmental Challenges Working Group of BAHI is calling on the public health field to take on a proactive role in developing, implementing, and promoting sustainable, resilient and equitable communities. To make this happen, they are promoting creative ways to forge stronger partnerships between public health with the fields of urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture, environmental design and assessment, agronomy, food systems, and civil engineering. E²SHI is working with the BAHI Environmental Challenges Working Group to engage researchers across the university and community partners to address these areas.

A few opportunities are available to the Johns Hopkins community in spring 2017:

May 3 lecture: Healthier Communities Make Healthier People

Join BAHI for a presentation with Dick Jackson, a UCLA professor and visionary when it comes to designing healthy communities. At this lecture, Dr. Jackson will challenge Johns Hopkins and the public health field to go beyond identifying the problems, and will outline ways we can be the voice and the muscle to transform communities in the United States for healthier children and adults.

The lecture will be held on May 3, 2017 at 1 pm in the Becton Dickson Room (W1020) at the JHU East Baltimore campus’ Wolfe Street Building.

Check out the event details 


Request for Proposals: Seed Grants for Designing Healthy Communities

The Environmental Challenges Working Group of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative invites proposals for seed grants to support Johns Hopkins research teams for interdisciplinary research and practice projects related to designing healthy communities. The seed grant program will provide up to $15,000 for pilot projects that forge partnerships between public health with other disciplines that address the built environment – for instance, urban planning, engineering, and environmental design.

Proposals must be led by a full‐time faculty member, research scientist, or research scholar affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This affiliation does not need to be a primary appointment, and other collaborators (co‐PIs) may be from any Johns Hopkins division. Collaborators can include faculty, staff and doctoral students in any division of Johns Hopkins University. Staff of government agencies and nonprofit organizations may also collaborate in seed grant proposals.   

The proposal deadline is May 15, 2017.

Review more information about the seed grant program, criteria and proposal requirements


Related research at Johns Hopkins focused on designing healthy communities

An air quality sensor network for greater Baltimore 

Making Baltimore bicycle friendly, 2013-14 E²SHI seed grant 

Solutions to Energy, AiR, Climate, and Health (SEARCH)

Waste management in low-income communities 

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
— Albert Einstein