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Briefing series

Johns Hopkins Congressional Briefing Series

The Johns Hopkins Congressional Briefing Series allows policymakers, their staff, and members of the public to gain up-to-the-minute insights and analysis from Johns Hopkins experts. Every other month, faculty experts provide a timely briefing on a policy topic with opportunity for real-time Q&A. The series is jointly organized by the Office of Federal Strategy and the Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives.

Upcoming event

Supporting America’s Schoolchildren: Innovative Approaches

Wednesday, Sept. 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT

Johns Hopkins University will host a live virtual briefing for congressional staff and policymakers focused on innovative approaches for helping America’s schoolchildren to excel. This is an opportunity to hear from experts and have your questions answered in real time.


The following Johns Hopkins experts will participate:

  • Annette C. Anderson, PhD, Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools; Assistant Professor, School of Education; Co-founder, eSchool+ Initiative
  • Robert Balfanz, PhD, Director, Everyone Graduates Center; Research Professor, Center for the Social Organization of Schools, School of Education
  • Megan Collins, MD, MPH, Director, Center for School Health; Co-founder, eSchool+ Initiative; Allan and Claire Jensen Professor of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute; Associate Faculty, Berman Institute of Bioethics and School of Education
  • Odis Johnson Jr., PhD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor; Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools
  • Moderator: Lainie Rutkow, JD, PhD, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives

The topics covered will include:

  • Redressing the impact of social inequality on schools
  • Implementing proven interventions to address learning loss and prevent dropouts and absenteeism
  • Equitably addressing learning and developmental loss caused by the pandemic
  • Delivering school-based health care to address health disparities

Past events

Artificial intelligence: Opportunities and challenges

Johns Hopkins experts discuss AI in autonomous technologies, how AI can help in the design and discovery of new materials, ethical considerations related to AI, the use of AI within health care, and the major challenges that need to be addressed before AI could reach its full potential | July 28, 2022

Maternal health in the U.S.

Hopkins experts discuss maternal mortality and severe morbidity trends, national initiatives to address those trends, efforts to reduce racial-ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes, and related topics

Civilian space exploration, discovery, and research

Hopkins experts discuss the James Webb Space Telescope, developments in planetary science, the Parker Solar Probe, space weather, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission and planetary defense, and upcoming space missions.

Experts from the Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy

Experts discuss policy solutions, including addressing privately made firearms or “ghost guns”; strengthening background check laws with handgun purchaser licensing; and making community violence intervention programs an effective part of cities’ approach to public safety

Experts from the Coronavirus Resource Center

Epidemiologist Jennifer Nuzzo, vaccinologist Bill Moss, clinician Brian Garibaldi, and data expert Beth Blauer discuss the COVID-19 pandemic during this congressional briefing | Oct. 6, 2021

If you have any questions about the series, please email fedaffairs@jhu.edu