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Progress and Purpose – A Report on Accomplishments and Priorities in Pursuit of Our 5-Year Strategic Plan Goals


Dear Colleagues,

As we enter a new year filled with many challenges, I am optimistic because of all that we are achieving together.

With guidance from our 2019–23 strategic plan, we are making remarkable progress in our key priorities—education, science, partnerships, people, and advocacy. Here are just a few of our accomplishments:

  • We expanded access to our educational programs by launching a completely online, part-time MPH program and developed a robust Virtual Plus Campus in response to the changing course of the pandemic.
  • We invested time and money in SCIBAR (Support for Creative and Innovative Basic and Applied Research) to promote high-impact, cross-disciplinary research within the School and received nearly 150 COVID-19–related research awards totaling more than $100 million.
  • We played a central role in designing and implementing the Johns Hopkins University Innovation Fund for Community Safety and coordinated 100+ community partners and thousands of students annually through SOURCE.
  • We produced a plan to achieve our inclusion, diversity, anti-racism, and equity (IDARE) priorities and took meaningful steps in support of that vision.
  • We elevated the ways we share our public health expertise and grew our advocacy efforts with the expansion of our Center for Public Health Advocacy and the endowment of a professor of the practice to lead the center.

We have collected these and many other achievements and ongoing priorities in a progress report on the strategic plan. I encourage you to read this report, which is available as a document and on the web. It will give you a valuable sense of our successes and the work ahead.

All we have accomplished is due to you. Your unwavering commitment to advancing a healthier and more equitable world fills me with pride—and optimism.

With gratitude and best wishes for a great year ahead,

Signed, Ellen J MacKenize.

Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD '79, ScM '75
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor