In a move designed to create significant new opportunities for research and for contributing to national and international public health policy, the Center for Health Security—previously affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center—has joined the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The mission of the Center for Health Security is to protect people's health from the consequences of epidemics and disasters by conducting research and making policy recommendations. Center researchers study the organizations, systems, and tools essential to preventing and responding to public health crises.
The center, originally founded at Johns Hopkins in 1998 by the late D. A. Henderson, has been affiliated with UPMC since 2003.
"The mission of our center is a perfect fit with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health because we share a commitment to improving global health and to protecting lives through large-scale change," says Tom Inglesby, director and CEO of the Center for Health Security. "Moving to the Bloomberg School will expand the reach of the center and help us collaborate with and tap into the universe of great talent at Johns Hopkins. We look forward to joining our expertise on health security and preparedness policy to Johns Hopkins' internationally recognized community of scientists and public health scholars."
Leadership at both the center and the Bloomberg School said they hope that collaboration on current health challenges such as Zika, Ebola, antibiotic resistance, refugee health needs, and the effects of climate change will lead to greater advances against these leading threats.
"The Center for Health Security brings strong expertise in global health, health policy, and environmental health that will enrich our school's work around the globe," says Michael J. Klag, dean of the Bloomberg School. "We welcome our new colleagues to the school and look forward to working together on research, evaluation, and policy development, both nationally and internationally."
The Center for Health Security officially joins the Bloomberg School today with 22 employees. Its offices will remain in the current location at 621 East Pratt St. in Baltimore.