Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Program in Pediatric Health Equity Research

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Program in Pediatric Health Equity Research (PHER) addresses child health disparities related to maternal/child health, obesity, diabetes, sickle cell disease and adolescent health. The program promotes diverse research efforts to address these disparities and understand the social determinants of pediatric health, disease onset and disease outcomes.

The program adopts a population health perspective in developing, implementing and investigating community-based, clinical, educational and quality improvement interventions toward pediatric health equity for children who have any component of their health care through the Johns Hopkins All Children’s health system.

Meet Our Team

Raquel Hernandez, M.D., MPH, Director

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Director, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Healthy Weight Initiative; Johns Hopkins all Children’s Department of Pediatric Medicine  

E. Leila Jerome Clay,  M.D., MCTS, Associate Director

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Director, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Sickle Cell Program, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute, Division Chief of Hematology 

Ernest Amankwah, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Cancer and Bleeding Disorders Institute 

Errol Fields, M.D, M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore-based)

Rachel Johnson Thornton, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore-based) 

Sara Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore-based)

Sheela Magge, M.D., MSCE

Director, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore-based)

Sarah Polk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Latino Health (Baltimore-based)