The Alliance for a Healthier World
Nina Martin and Sheridan Jones McCrae | The Center for Global Health and The Alliance for a Healthier World
Defining, measuring, and implementing diets and food systems that are sustainable for the planet and human health. Exploring efficient water re-use in communities with water scarcity. Promoting gender equity and justice. Expanding citizen science and innovation platforms for technologies that benefit low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
These are a few of the questions surrounding health equity that The Alliance for a Healthier World is seeking to answer. By reaching out to our faculty and students seeking their expertise and offering unique research opportunities through generous funding of multidisciplinary teams, the Alliance will serve as an enterprising partnership and resource hub to integrate diverse expertise and unlock groundbreaking knowledge addressing unresolved global health equity challenges.
This is an exciting opportunity to step across discipline boundaries, expand experience, and partner with a diverse collection of experts. Work is focused around four themes (Food Nutrition & Security; Healthy Environments; Gender Equity & Justice; and Transformative Technologies & Institutions). The signature theme of the collective work is improving health equity in LMICs. The new knowledge generated about this complex challenge will be translated and applied for practical impact - to engage policy makers and implemented in cooperation with partners and communities around the world.
On June 6th, the Alliance opened their first cycle of planning grants, awards up to $25,000 aimed to support multidisciplinary teams of JHU faculty, students, and external partners to convene and develop proposals that they think can solve some of the most intractable problems in health equity. These will be followed by calls for implementation grants later in the year, which will give teams up to $250,000 the opportunity to turn their ideas into action and support scale up, data collection, evaluation, and planning for next steps and sustainability.
You can learn more about the Alliance from a recent Hub article. Those interested are encouraged to explore the new website (www.ahealthierworld.jhu.edu) to:
- Read more about the Alliance and the generous summer planning grants here
- Learn how each of JHU's divisions can work together here to tackle the complex social challenge of improving health equity around the world
- Download the two-page overview here
- Students can register interest for upcoming opportunities here.
For any questions about the Alliance, you can contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Image credit: "Students of Whiting School of Engineering's Center for Innovation & Design participate in interactive fieldwork with mothers in Uganda", Polly Ma, August 2016