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Pollack Porter

Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management

Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD '06, MPH, uses research to advance policies that promote health equity, especially where people live, work, play, and travel.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Hampton House 380A
(410) 614-2797

Research Interests

Health equity, social determinants of health; health impact assessment (HIA); health in all policies (HiAP), built environment; injury prevention; physical activity; transportation; occupational injury; public health practice
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Yale School of Public Health
Tufts University
My research advances policies that create safe and healthy environments where people live, work, play, and travel, with an emphasis on cross-sector collaborations and health equity. I am an injury epidemiologist and policy researcher who uses mixed methods to examine active play and active transportation, safe built environments, and the nexus of transportation and health. My current work includes a growing portfolio examining policies and practices that promote inclusive and anti-racist public spaces to bolster opportunities for outdoor play and recreation, and physical activity.

I am also a leading health equity scholar whose research and practice addresses the determinants of health. I spend a considerable amount of time directly engaging with policymakers to achieve my goal of informing the development and implementation of policies that can advance health equity at the local, state, and federal levels. My research and practice are bolstered by the roles I have as a Bloomberg Centennial Professor, director of the School’s Institute for Health and Social Policy, and part of the leadership team for the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.
Honors & Awards
Bloomberg Centennial Professor, 2021
Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumna Award, 2018
50 Women to Watch Maryland, 2014
Advising, Mentoring, Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), 2011, 2014, 2019
President Alpha Chapter, Delta Omega Honor Society, 2013-2015
APHA Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Mid-Career Outstanding Service Award, 2012
Greater Baltimore Committee, The LEADership Program, Class of 2011
2011 recipient of The Daily Record's Very Important Professionals Successful by 40
Leon S. Robertson Career Development Chair in Injury Prevention, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006-2009
Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Alpha Chapter, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
Select Publications
Select publications for the last several years.
  • Pollack Porter KM, Rutkow L, McGinty EB. The Importance of Policy Change for Addressing Leading Public Health Problems. Public Health Reports 2018; 133(1S):9(S)-14(S).
  • Pollack Porter KM, Lindberg R, McInnis-Simoncelli A. Considering Health and Health Disparities During State Policy Formulation: Examining Washington State Health Impact Reviews. BMC Public Health 2019;19:862.
  • Waimberg J, Cloud LK, Campbell AT, Lindberg R, Pollack Porter K. Tracking State-Level Health Impact Assessment Legislation from 2012-2016. Chronicles of Health Impact Assessment 2018; 3(1); file:///C:/Users/kpollack/Downloads/1352-342-PB.pdf.
  • Sohn E, Stein LJ, Wolpoff A, Lindberg R, Baum A, McInnis-Simoncelli, Pollack KM. Avenues of Influence: The Relationship between Health Impact Assessment and Determinants of Health and Health Equity. Journal of Urban Health 2018; Jun 11. doi: 10.1007/s11524-018-0263-5.
  • McAndrews C, Pollack KM, Dannenberg A, Berringer D. Understanding and Improving Arterial Roads to Support Public Health and Transportation Goals. American Journal of Public Health 2017 Aug;107(8):1278-1282. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303898.
Ergonomic Hazards: An Exploratory Study of Personal Protective Equipment and Obesity
Identification of Military Vehicle Accident Causes Preventable by Safety Technology
Causes and Risk Factors for Military and Privately Owned Vehicle Accidents
Firefighters and Wellness: Building A Healthy Future Through Partnership and Science
Assessing Employee Assistance Programs: Programs and Activities Addressing Intimate Partner Violence
Evaluation of a Street Outreach Program for Youth Violence Prevention
A Study of Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Home Visiting Programs in the U.S.
Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Active Living in Deisgn: Promoting Safety Supplement
Active Living Research Program Translation
Baseball Injury Analytics Master Agreement
Health Impact Project
Residential Sprinkler Technology: A Survey of U.S. Homeowners
Jamaica Road Traffic Safety