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Jacky M. Jennings, M.P.H., Ph.D.

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Director, Center for Child & Community Health Research (CCHR)

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Expertise: Adolescent Medicine, General Pediatrics

Research Interests: Epidemiology; Social epidemiology; Sexually transmitted infection (STI) transmission dynamics; Behavior; Surveillance; Adolescents; GIS; Spatial analyses

Contact for Research Inquiries

Bayview Medical Center, Pediatrics
5200 Eastern Avenue
Mason Lord Bldg Center
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Background

Dr. Jacky M. Jennings is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with a joint appointment in the department of epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

She serves as director of the Center for Child and Community Health Research and associate director of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She also co-directs a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases -funded predoctoral training grant and is co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Jennings’ research focuses on the social epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections. She has established national prominence and leadership as an epidemiologist with a focus on improving the health of children, adolescents, and young adults—particularly those that reside in urban, disadvantaged communities.

She earned her master of public health and her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Jennings is on the board of trustees of the International Society for STD Research. She teaches a course to graduate public health students on how to investigate public health, and she mentors students from the undergraduate to post-graduate level.

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Titles

  • Director, Center for Child & Community Health Research (CCHR)
  • Co-Chair, Johns Hopkins Bayview Scientific Advisory Board
  • Co-Director, STI Training Grant, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Associate Director, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Education

Degrees

  • B.A., Wesleyan College (West Virginia) (1992)
  • M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (1998)
  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2003)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Jennings’ primary research contributions are in the area of sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV transmission dynamics with a specific interest in determining the mechanisms through which place plays a role in local transmission dynamics causing endemic rates of STIs and HIV. Secondarily, she has begun to make significant research contributions in the application of epidemiologic principles to the translation of research questions in pediatrics. 

Dr. Jennings is the principal investigator on a five-year Career Development Award (K01) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The primary goal of the K01 is to determine whether and the extent to which drug markets explain the association between structural factors of neighborhoods and risks for STIs among urban, disadvantaged youth.  

She collaborates closely with the Baltimore City Health Department and is the lead on an initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control to decrease HIV transmission in Baltimore City through the identification of high HIV transmission areas. The project will involve enhancing screening and testing in identified areas as well as public health detailing to primary care providers. 

Dr. Jennings also leads a large-scale evaluation of evidence-based programs designed to reduce teen pregnancy and negative reproductive outcomes in the State of New Jersey. 

Dr. Jennings collaborates with colleagues within and outside the Division on a wide array of health outcomes including pelvic inflammatory disease, pediatric obesity, intimate partner violence, cardiology and sickle cell disease.  She also teaches and advises graduate public health and medical school students.

Core Facility: Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Data Management (BEAD)

Selected Publications

Trent M, Haggerty CL, Jennings JM, Lee S, Bass DC, Ness R. "Adverse adolescent reproductive health outcomes after pelvic inflammatory disease." Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Jan;165(1):49-54. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.256.

Brunetti MA, Ringel R, Owada C, Coulson J, Jennings JM, Hoyer MH, Everett AD. "Percutaneous closure of patent ductus arteriosus: a multiinstitutional registry comparing multiple devices." Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2010 Nov 1;76(5):696-702. doi: 10.1002/ccd.22538.

Jennings JM, Taylor R, Iannacchione VG, Rogers SM, Chung SE, Huettner S, Ellen JM. "The available pool of sex partners and risk for a current bacterial sexually transmitted infection." Ann Epidemiol. 2010 Jul;20(7):532-8. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2010.03.016.

Fichtenberg CM, Jennings JM, Glass TA, Ellen JM. "Neighborhood socioeconomic environment and sexual network position." J Urban Health. 2010 Mar;87(2):225-35. doi: 10.1007/s11524-009-9425-9. Epub 2010 Feb 6.

Thompson DA, Sibinga EM, Jennings JM, Bair-Merritt MH, Christakis DA. "Television viewing by young Hispanic children: evidence of heterogeneity." Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Feb;164(2):174-9. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.257.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Epidemiology

Courses and Syllabi

  • Epidemiologic Inference in Outbreak Investigations (340.653.01)

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Excellence in Teaching Academy Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2011
  • Selected, Women in Leadership Program, Office of Women in Science and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 2010 - 2011
  • Selected participant, International Social Systems and Health Workshop, 2010
  • Two mentees, New Investigator Award Finalist, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2009 - 2010

Professional Activities

  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, International Society for STD Research (ISSTDR), 2012
  • Committee Member, Social and Behavioral Track Committee, National STD Prevention Conference, CDC, 2001 - 2012
  • Study Section Reviewer for Social Sciences and Health Outcomes RFA (PAR-09-224),, NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet), 2011
  • Vice Chair, Bayview Scientific Advisory Board (BSAB)

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Place Matters: The Argument and Evidence from the Field of Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV, Pediatric Grand Rounds, January 23, 2015

Baltimore City aiming to zone some liquor stores out of existence, WMAR Baltimore, ABC 2, April 29, 2014

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