The mission of The Global mHealth Initiative at Johns Hopkins University (GmI) is to develop responsive innovations and provide rigorous, evidence-based support for mobile ICTs to improve global health with a focus on resource-limited settings where the global burden of disease and mortality are highest.
To capitalize on engineering, information technology (IT) and population-based research strengths; to develop and test novel solutions; and to integrate active research into teaching and learning opportunities for students, this Initiative will facilitate and expand upon the collaborative networks of researchers, educators, and practitioners involved in mHealth across the Johns Hopkins University. The Initiative will support the application of state-of-the-art science and technology, and provide dynamic leadership to global mHealth research, programs and policies. The GmI will stimulate mHealth leadership internally within the JHU community and in the broader public health community.
Serving the Johns Hopkins Community
Increase capacity: The GmI is increasing JHU capacity in mHealth by providing access to mHealth resources to support education, research, and practice for students, staff, and faculty across JHU institutions. Key among these resources is a continually updated database of faculty mHealth activities (ongoing and planned) across JHU to promote interdisciplinary faculty collaborations and student opportunities.
Provide access to information: The GmI provides easy access to information regarding GmI services, the Center coordinates Initiative-led functions, meetings, working groups and consultancies, and develops and maintains the Initiative’s internet, social media, and traditional information materials.
Develop an mHealth curriculum: In collaboration with university-wide curriculum committees, the GmI develops and enhances new and existing courses with relevant mHealth content. To enhance this initiative, a database of “mHealth Lecturers” is being developed.
Provide training and internship opportunities: The GmI strives to increase the capacity of JHU students, staff, and faculty in mHealth by developing grants for domestic and international training, as well as providing short-term internships at field sites to encourage practical, hands-on experience.
Facilitate collaborations: The GmI matches outside requests for consultations and expert advice with faculty or students possessing the most appropriate specialization, background, and/or knowledge.. In addition, the GmI works with faculty to identify appropriate tools and technologies to enhance their research and will provide assistance in adapting existing open-source materials for specific needs.
Enable knowledge dissemination: The GmI encourages and facilitates student, staff, and faculty participation in mHealth conferences, highlighting JHU research and innovation.
Extending our Presence Externally
Provide leadership: The GmI serves as a Center of Excellence at JHU to which external agencies interested in mHealth can refer. Members of the Initiative will provide, through their activities, leadership across the mHealth continuum—from early-stage technology innovations to high-impact health system solutions.
Spur innovation: The GmI seeks to rapidly design, deploy and test pilot innovations, bring them to scale, and evaluate their public health impact within the most challenging settings of the world. Proven technologies are being leveraged by exploring novel functions and settings in which to employ them. Further, the GmIs provide expert guidance on the development and implementation of mHealth-specific measurement and evaluation tools for existing and new projects and scalable programs including data systems programming, data stream management, evaluative study design, and other research needs.
Translate evidence to policy: To inform mHealth policies and programs, the GmI critically evaluates and disseminates evidence to policy makers through position papers or policy statements on mHealth strategy and program impacts and engages with the non-profit sector and international implementing agencies to promote best practices. These activities emphasize contextually appropriate interventions that target health outcomes and problems of significance to communities, governments, and global health agencies (including non-governmental agencies, international aid programs, disease control programs, etc.).
Provide comprehensive mHealth resource base: The GmI curates and organizes, for broad audiences in all health spheres, resources in the published peer-reviewed and non-formal literature related to the design, conduct, and evaluation of mHealth intervention strategies for global health.