Improving health outcomes for all

October 13, 2021

New endowed chair supports research to improve the lives of underrepresented communities

Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, AACRN, longtime Johns Hopkins School of Nursing faculty, professor, and researcher, has been appointed the inaugural Leadership and Innovation Endowed Chair.

Funded anonymously, the chair will support the school’s Diversity Signature Initiative to recognize exemplary nurse scholars from racial, ethnic, and gender minority groups, bolster a diverse workforce, and improve health outcomes among underrepresented communities and populations.

Jason Farley smiles for the camera.
Longtime Johns Hopkins School of Nursing faculty member Jason Farley conducts groundbreaking research in the field of infectious diseases, including HIV and TB.

As an infectious disease trained epidemiologist and nurse practitioner in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Division of Infectious Disease, Farley has made a world-renowned career providing care for persons at risk or living with HIV and other infectious diseases including tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections.

Most recently, Farley has been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, testing patients, setting up testing facilities, developing innovative personal protective equipment, participating in vaccine clinical trials, and educating the public about prevention strategies such as masking and social distancing. He is also helping to lead a tri-school initiative with the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health to conduct a comparative effectiveness trial of COVID-19 testing in Baltimore residents during the pandemic and to evaluate the social, mental, and economic impact the pandemic has had among families.

“As the nation’s most trusted profession, nurses, and those trained in infectious disease, are an essential part of our health system and public health response,” says Farley. “This endowment will help fulfill a long-term vision of helping to end HIV in Baltimore and developing the science to address the causes of infectious disease morbidity and mortality among people across the globe.”

Read the full story on the School of Nursing’s website.

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