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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.

Recent event

Impact of natural disasters in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 12 | Noon-1 p.m. EDT

The briefing covered topics including:

  • The latest, real-world strategies in responding to disasters more effectively
  • Policy proposals that could help mitigate the economic cost of natural disasters
  • Communities across the nation that are being disproportionately impacted by climate disasters
  • Understanding, managing, and coping with climate variability


The following Johns Hopkins experts participated:

  • Matthew Levy, D.O., M.Sc., Deputy Director of Operational Medicine, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Paul Ferraro, PhD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Human Behavior and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Genee Smith, MSPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Benjamin Zaitchik, PhD, Professor, Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences
  • Moderator: Beth Resnick, MPH, DrPH, Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, Senior Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Past events

Combatting the opioid epidemic

Experts discuss the latest treatments for opioid use disorder; harm reduction as a component of treatment; quality of care for individuals experiencing opioid use disorder; and how emergency departments work with individuals experiencing opioid use disorder.

Food insecurity: Issues and solutions related to global hunger, malnourishment

Johns Hopkins experts discuss food insecurity, malnutrition, and the socioeconomic dynamics of hunger set against a backdrop of major supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine.

Supporting America's schoolchildren: Innovative approaches

Johns Hopkins experts discuss 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, and delivering school-based health care to address health disparities

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

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

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