Looking Forward @ Johns Hopkins: Lisa Cooper
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Lisa Cooper is a professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She holds appointments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Nursing. Cooper is a globally recognized authority on addressing health disparities through her research on the ways race and socioeconomic factors shape patient care, and the ways patients and health systems, in partnership with communities, can improve outcomes for at-risk populations.
A general internist, social epidemiologist, and health services researcher, Cooper is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity. She and her transdisciplinary team collaborate with stakeholders from health care and the community to implement rigorous clinical trials, identifying interventions that alleviate racial and income disparities in social determinants and health outcomes and translating these interventions into concrete policy changes and community health benefits. The Center has successfully completed three research studies, developed an active and engaged community advisory board, trained over 100 health equity researchers, and shared influential new knowledge through published research papers, expert testimony at federal level, and numerous presentations, interviews, and media articles. Cooper was also recently named director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute.
Cooper has been a leading voice advocating for equitable treatment for underserved populations affected by COVID-19. Cooper, as well as the Center for Health Equity, have provided numerous trainings, materials, and advisement to health care providers working with vulnerable and underserved populations.
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