Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), based in Baltimore USA, is the oldest and largest school of public health in the world.
The School has over 20 years of experience around international adolescent health research and program development as well as an equal number of years collaborating with international organizations on global adolescent health issues. During this period of time, the School has built a network of collaborating partners from sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, China, the Southern Cone of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health (PFRH) at JHSPH, in conjunction with the Center for Adolescent Health and the Urban Health Institute, serves as the Thought Leader for the YHP. This involves advisory support and strategic consultation, scientific research on youth health and advocacy for better provision of health information and services for young people.
The Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health (PFRH) faculty, led by Professor Robert Wm. Blum, MD, MPH, PhD, William H. Gates, Sr.Professor and Chair of the Department, have been instrumental in defining the trends and social consequences, globally, for youth health. The Center for Adolescent Health, led by Dr. Freya Sonenstein, has been in the forefront of assisting urban youth in developing healthy adult lifestyles.