Welcome to Global Health NOW (GHN), a key forum for news and information for the global health community.

Launched as a free weekday e-newsletter in March 2014, GHN has quickly gathered thousands of subscribers worldwide who rely on it as a source for their global health news. The mobile-ready website globalhealthnow.org came online in March 2015, delivering more exclusive stories and commentaries, breaking news, and news summaries.

The GHN staff scours the global media and selects the day’s most important articles about research, trends and events to summarize in the e-newsletter and on the website. The email is sent every weekday morning, and the website is updated shortly thereafter. In addition, links to breaking news stories are posted to the website throughout the day.

GHN staff writers and freelance writers also create original content including news articles, commentaries and Q&As with global health leaders and newsmakers. GHN also regularly publishes op-eds by global experts. Collaborations with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, This Week in Global Health, and PhotoShare (a service of the Knowledge for Health [K4Health] project, based at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs) ensure that GHN provides varied and valuable content from varied perspectives.

In addition to being a vibrant resource for global health news, the GHN website also makes it easy for you to share your favorite GHN stories on social media. Topic-driven content and tags for malaria, HIV, etc. allow you to quickly find articles and summaries that interest you. You can also read archived copies of the newsletter here. 

Global Health NOW is a not-for-profit initiative of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Views and opinions expressed in this email do not necessarily reflect those of the Bloomberg School. 

We welcome your comments, ideas for stories and suggestions for improving Global Health NOW.

Meet The Global Health NOW Team

Brian W. Simpson, Editor-in-chief

Brian W. Simpson is editor-in-chief of GHN and editor of the award-winning Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has written stories on everything from the development of the polio vaccine and the influence of Islam on public health, to the malaria parasite’s lifecycle. He has published articles from India, Nepal, Cuba, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and other countries. Brian earned a Master of Arts from the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Bloomberg School. Simpson also teaches science writing at Johns Hopkins University.


Dayna Kerecman Myers, Managing Editor

Dayna Kerecman Myers is a news writer/editor and GHN’s managing editor. Previously, she wrote news summaries as the assignment editor for the PBS NewsHour and wrote and edited articles and reports for the Stanford Blood Center, edited the International Research and Exchanges Board’s Media Sustainability Index, and wrote newsletters about landmines and Chechnya for the Open Society Institute. She is especially interested in public health in relation to freedom of speech and refugee issues, and she has also worked with refugees around the world—from Utica, New York, to Azerbaijan and Tajikistan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Russian History from Wells College.


Annalies Winny, Writer

Annalies Winny is a journalist covering the intersection of public policy, development and urban life. She has reported from several cities including Baltimore, Monrovia, Liberia, London and New York. In addition to Global Health NOW, her work appears in The Guardian, VICE News, The Atlantic’s CityLab, Prospect Magazine, Baltimore City Paper and others. Previously, she was a senior editor and education writer at the award-winning London newspaper The Hackney Citizen, covering the advent of ‘free schools’ in one of England’s most diverse boroughs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Nonfiction Writing from The New School in New York City.  Twitter and Instagram: @annalieswinny Website: www.annalieswinny.com


Nick Moran, Social Media and Digital Marketing Manager

Nick Moran manages social media and digital marketing for GHN, and also works as the digital media manager at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he oversees certain digital communications and marketing initiatives. He has served as a multi-platform content writer for the school’s website as well as Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine. Nick received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Russian History from the University of Miami.


Lindsay Smith Rogers, Writer

Lindsay Smith Rogers is a writer and content strategist for External Affairs at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since 2010, she has worked in various communications roles in nonprofits and higher education including advocacy, public relations, digital media and content creation. She spent two years in the Middle East helping to build and execute a communications plan for a burgeoning sports development project in the United Arab Emirates. All of her work has reflected her commitment to social justice through health equity. She has been a contributor for Global Health NOW since 2016.  


Jackie Powder, Writer/Editor

Jackie Powder is a writer and editor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she writes and edits stories for the School's magazine and other print and web materials. Previously, she spent 16 years as a reporter at the Baltimore Sun, covering a number of beats, including education, courts and mental health, and working as a general assignment writer.