The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

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The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CHS) is an independent research organisation working to improve organisations, systems, and tools used to prevent and respond to public health crises.

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Fast Facts

  • CHS was founded in 1998 as the first non-governmental organisation dedicated to the study of public health preparedness.
  • CHS employs a multidisciplinary team of multidisciplinary scientists, doctors, public health experts, nurses, lawyers, social scientists, economists, and security experts.
  • CHS publishes a peer-reviewed journal called “Heath Security”.
  • CHS is funded by grants as well as individual donations. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are among CHS’s funders.

What is the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security's mission?

CHS's mission is to "protect people's health from epidemics and disasters and ensure that communities are resilient to major challenges."

What does the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security do?

  • CHS researches scientific advances, technological innovations, and policy approaches that can improve health security.
  • They work to improve organisations, systems, and tools to prevent and respond to public health crises.
  • Their focus areas include global health security, epidemics, medical and public health preparedness, deliberate biological threats, and opportunities and risks in the life sciences.
  • Their work is informed by interdisciplinary and international collaborations with experts, policymakers, and the private sector.
  • CHS is working to educate the next generation of policymakers and public health experts.

Why do we recommend the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security?

  • CHS receives financial support from a number of trusted foundations, including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • In 2020, CHS received a $1.9 million grant from Open Philanthropy to develop a masters and doctoral program focused on biological risks and health security. Open Philanthropy has previously made other large grants to support CHS's work. We consider these grants a vote of confidence from an organisation we trust.
  • Open Philanthropy considers biosecurity and pandemic preparedness to be a high-priority focus area.