Sharf­stein to lead Hop­kins pub­lic health ini­tia­tive

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Dr. Joshua M. Sharf­stein, for­mer Mary­land health sec­re­tary, will over­see a new ini­tia­tive at the Johns Hop­kins Bloomberg School of Pub­lic Health aimed at ad­dress­ing is­sues such as ad­dic­tion, ado­les­cent health, en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges and vi­o­lence. The Bloomberg Health Ini­tia­tive is be­ing launched with a $300 mil­lion gift from Michael Bloomberg, the for­mer mayor of New York and a Johns Hop­kins grad­u­ate. Michelle L. Spencer, di­rec­tor of the Pre­ven­tion & Health Pro­mo­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion at the Mary­land Depart­ment of Health and Men­tal Hy­giene, will be deputy di­rec­tor of the ini­tia­tive. Sharf­stein is an as­so­ciate dean at the school and over­sees the of­fice of Pub­lic Health Prac­tice & Train­ing and the Gen­eral Pre­ven­tive Medicine Res­i­dency. He also su­per­vises col­lab­o­ra­tion with pub­lic health agen­cies and holds a fac­ulty ap­point­ment in the Depart­ment of Health Pol­icy and Man­age­ment. He came to Johns Hop­kins in 2015 after serv­ing as sec­re­tary of the Mary­land Depart­ment of Health and Men­tal Hy­giene.

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