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Around Johns Hopkins: Center for Health Security Returns to Johns Hopkins
Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins
After rejoining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in January, the Center for Health Security is continuing its mission to protect people’s health from the effects of epidemics and disasters.. The center was founded at Johns Hopkins in 1998, and was affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from 2003 to 2016. The center works to build resilient communities through innovative scholarship, engagement and research that strengthens the organizations, systems, policies and programs essential to preventing and responding to public health crises around the world. The center is currently working on a range of projects, including collaborating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate aspects of the responses to the Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks. The team is also launching a Global Health Security Index that will display countries’ capabilities to prevent, detect and respond to health emergencies that have international consequences. Another project involves analyzing emerging technologies that could radically alter the path of a severe epidemic or pandemic infectious disease event.
Center leaders hope that focusing on current global health security challenges, such as Zika, Ebola, antibiotic resistance and the effects of climate change, will lead to greater advances against these issues.