Public health is in the spotlight, and it’s time to act! Shelley Hearne, Director of the Center for Public Health Advocacy, and Isabella Gomes, MPH ‘19, share a call to action for public health leaders.
Welcome and MPH Centennial Celebration remarks by Dean Ellen MacKenzie, PhD '79, ScM '75 and Marie Diener-West, PhD '84.
Dr. Shelley Hearne brings an extensive track record of leadership, policy impact, institution building, and teaching in health advocacy. At the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, she is the inaugural Alfred Sommer & Michael Klag Decanal Professor of the Practice for Public Health Advocacy and director, Center for Public Health Advocacy. In addition, she runs the Forsythia Foundation, an environmental health philanthropy, as a consultant. She is experienced running advocacy campaigns that successfully helped pass and implement important public health policies, such as the Nationwide Environmental Public Health Tracking Network and the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act. Shelley has been widely covered in the press, covering topics ranging from pandemic preparedness, public health infrastructure, ranking systems for states and cities on public health issues, and key policy issues, such as early education, tobacco control and healthy food procurement. She has substantial experience testifying before and engaging with policymakers at the federal, state, and local level. She received her B.A. in chemistry and environmental studies with honors from Bowdoin College and a DrPH in environmental health science from Columbia University’s School of Public Health.
Isabella Gomes is an infectious disease epidemiologist and public health journalist from Ontario, Canada. She previously earned a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University in 2016, an MA in Investigative Journalism at Columbia University in 2017, and an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins in 2019. She currently lives in Baltimore, MD, and works as a senior research assistant at Hopkins, modeling infectious disease dynamics and the epidemiology of tuberculosis in Bangladesh and South Africa.