contributor Jackie Powder

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.

Allen County, Kansas, may be small—just 13,000 people—but the community’s big thinking on health and economic development attracted the attention of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The county’s…

Nearly 100 years after the 1918 flu pandemic claimed as many as 50 million lives, many of us would like to think such devastating losses will never be seen again. Unfortunately, the experts say…

In a country where smoking was once ubiquitous, the landmark 1964 US Surgeon General’s Smoking and Health report spurred 50-plus years of sweeping anti-tobacco initiatives that have dramatically…

Urban leaders and innovators from across the US convened in Baltimore yesterday to talk about cities—what works, what doesn’t and what’s next—for CityLab Baltimore, the latest in a series of global…

More than 300 malaria vaccine experts from all over the world convened Tuesday—World Malaria Day—at a symposium in Baltimore sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute.

Joel Breman came to represent the Pox Fighters—the public health army, 150,000 strong, who served at the frontlines of the epic war against smallpox.  “I’m here for all those Pox warriors who fought…

Surgery for All At least 2 billion people globally—primarily in the developing world—have no access to the most basic and lifesaving surgical care. Many become permanently…