Department of Health, Behavior & Society – Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Behavior & Society, I think, are the social change, rebel
rousers, revolution people. KELLY KING: We think
about the real issues that our country is
facing right now that are driving some of these
extreme health disparities. SPEAKER 1: At the end
of these five years, did these women lose
the amount of weight that we thought they would in
comparison to our comparison group? DAVID R. HOLTGRAVE:
When you’re thinking about changing a
behavior, you’ve got to figure out a way to put
together a whole collection of programs and interventions. JOANNA COHEN: We think about
the individual, their families, their communities. DAVID R. HOLTGRAVE: We look
for questions that are really on the minds of the
public, and then we try and answer those
questions and feed them back to those decision-makers. JOANNA COHEN: People
are contributing to local, national, or
global policy-making. Any public health topic
you’re interested in, you’re going to
find someone here. [MUSIC PLAYING] CORY BRADLEY:
Public health is not about the people who sit
in offices to do that work. But public health is a work
that belongs to the people. KELLY KING: My research is
looking at incarceration as a determinant of health. What I love about
this department is that I can not only
learn about the work, but I can get out into the
community, then do that work. DAVID R. HOLTGRAVE: We’re
going to be focusing on a lot of different areas– diabetes to exercise,
smoking, HIV, emerging areas like
Zika and Ebola. JOANNA COHEN: And then we’ve
got many centers and institutes within the department. DAVID R. HOLTGRAVE: The Center
for Communication Programs– JOANNA COHEN: Alcohol,
Marketing, and Youth– DAVID R. HOLTGRAVE:
Our Institute for Global Tobacco Control– JOANNA COHEN: The Injury
Prevention Center– the list goes on and on. SPEAKER 2: What
you’re doing here informs how we should be
thinking about these issues and why these programs
are important. MARIA AUGUSTA CARRASCO: I really
appreciate a collaborative work environment where people are
coming together and as a group doing great things. And I definitely
got that sense here. JOANNA COHEN: You’re
just getting access to terrific experts
who are really down-to-Earth people and
happy to work with students. SPEAKER 3: Why might the mental
health person not have time to answer the questions? DAVID R. HOLTGRAVE: We
feel a special obligation and partnership with
communities here, so we do a lot of different
things in Baltimore. KELLY KING: Something
that was really great was following the
Engage Baltimore event. It wasn’t just the students
in our department that cared. It was our faculty
right there behind us. JOANNA COHEN: In addition to the
terrific local work that we do, we work in a lot of low-
and middle-income countries around the world
to try to improve the health of their citizens. MARIA AUGUSTA CARRASCO:
The Hopkins connections go very deep, and that is
extremely helpful in terms of applying for jobs. DAVID R. HOLTGRAVE: The
students, the staff, the faculty– they want communities to
really experience the most wellness that’s possible. SPEAKER 4: It’s directly
correlated to what I’m interested in on
a scientific level. KELLY KING: I feel as though
we have this real opportunity to finally make
some positive change and to empower communities
to rise within themselves. CORY BRADLEY: I trusted
this school with my journey, and that is real important. I don’t want to be
somewhere where you’re just asking really cool questions. I want to ask questions
that make a difference. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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