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.

Current Studies Supported:

Assessment and Evaluation of AYA HIV EtHE Pillar Opportunities within the Tampa Bay Region:   “PREP-ing” for a Tampa Bay-based AYA Rapid Assessment and Response Evaluation (RARE) Strategy

This study will catalyze initial JHACH-CFAR efforts through an assessment of existing AYA HIV surveillance data, characterization of AYA HIV care and prevention health systems, and collection and analysis of key qualitative data from community stakeholders and priority populations. Findings will be used as the foundation for an AYA HIV-focused Rapid Assessment and Response Evaluation strategy to be implemented in the Tampa Bay Region.

Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World COVID-19

Characterizing the social, economic and health impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable families.A Health Equity Perspective study will support the implementation of a novel family-impact index assessing eight different domains of family function as impacted by COVID-19 across three racially-ethnic and geographically diverse sites (Baltimore MD, Chapel Hill NC, St. Petersburg Florida). These data will allow for an in-depth understanding of the unique needs of families during the pandemic and will critically inform future interventions at the local, regional and national level.

Re-inventing HIV Screening and Access to Care among Teens Utilizing the Pediatric Emergency Department in Pinellas County Florida (RHISe U.P E.D Pinellas): A Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital/Center for AIDS Research Initiative

This study will assess and incorporate knowledge, attitudes and behaviors surrounding STI and HIV screening/ treatment with key stakeholders including PED interprofessional staff, AYA, parents/caretakers to inform development of a PED-based Health and Sexual Preparedness Program (HSPP) that will enhance STI and HIV screening rates among adolescents and young adults (13-24yrs) accessing care in the PED. This project will provide a foundation by which to expand prevention and treatment efforts within JHACH and expand connectivity of AYA to existing community STI/HIV resources.

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  
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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

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

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Sara Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Sheela Magge, M.D., MSCE

Director, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Sarah Polk, MD, ScM

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

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Sharon Ghazarian, PhD

Chief Research Officer, All Star Children's Foundation