Sharfstein to lead Hopkins public health initiative
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.