Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Associate Professor Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, is one of three newly appointed associate directors of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. Center Director Thomas Quinn, MD named one Associate Director from each of the Johns Hopkins University’s schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing, to serve as liaisons between the Center and their respective school.
The associate directors will identify and prioritize opportunities and trends in their respective disciplines, enabling the Center to operate on the forefront of global health activities throughout the world. They will also establish collaborations with other entities, both within and outside the University, in order to design research projects, implement new prevention and treatment interventions, and seek resources for new lifesaving programs.
“As an Associate Director, my focus will be to support and expand Johns Hopkins Nursing’s global leadership in education, practice, and research,” says Glass. “Through this unique collaboration with the Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine, the School of Nursing will have a major role in the development and translation of knowledge, skills and policies into practices that address global health issues.”
Glass’ past global collaborations have focused on building nursing capacity to address major public health issues. Most recently, she collaborated with the Thai Ministry of Public Health and the Thai Dean’s Consortium of Schools of Nursing to improve public health nursing in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. She also conducts community-based collaborative intervention research in the area of health disparities and intimate partner violence, and is the principal investigator of several studies funded by NIH National Institute of Nursing Research and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The two other associate directors are Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, a professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Robert C. Bollinger, Jr., MD, MPH, a professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
In naming the associate directors, Center for Global Health Director Quinn said, “I am very excited to have the advice and expertise of Drs. Beyrer, Bollinger, and Glass to assist with the Center’s overall mission. Each has a unique set of skills and knowledge that can help the Center implement research findings, educational opportunities, and health services on a larger scale to improve health wherever disparities exist.”