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.
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 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.
Leifheit KM, Schwartz GL, Pollack CE, Black MM, Edin KJ, Althoff KN, Jennings JM. Eviction in early childhood and neighborhood poverty, food security, and obesity in later childhood and adolescence: Evidence from a longitudinal birth cohort. Social Science and Medicine – Population Health. 2020/08/01/ 2020;11:100575. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100575
Jennings JM, Tilchin C, Meza B, Schumacher C, Fields EL, Latkin C, Rompalo A, Greenbaum A, Ghanem KG. Overlapping Transmission Networks of Early Syphilis and/or Newly HIV Diagnosed Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM): Opportunities for Optimizing Public Health Interventions. AIDS and Behavior. 2020 Apr 1. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-02840-2
Fields EL, Long A, Bademosi K, Granderson R, Schumacher CM, Chandran A, Kingon Y, Jennings JM. Identifying Community-Informed Language to Promote HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Black LGBTQ Communities in Baltimore. AIDS Education and Prevention. 2020; 32(2), pp.152-168
Schumacher C, Wu L, Chandran A, Fields E, Greenbaum A, Jennings JM and the IMPACT Partner Collaborative (Kathleen Page MD (3), Maisha Davis LCSW-C, Sarah Schmalzle, MD, Joyce Leitch Jones MD, MS, Jason Farley PhD, MPH, ANP-BC, FAAN, AACRN, Renata Arrington-Sanders MD, ScM, MPH, Vicki Tepper PhD, Mimi Demissew). STI screening at PrEP follow-up visits among MSM prescribed PrEP in Baltimore City, Maryland. CID. 2019 Nov 25;ciz1145. doi:10.1093/cid/ciz1145
Jennings JM, Schumacher C, Perin J, Myers T, Fields N, Safi AG, Chaulk P. A pilot study to increase the efficiency of HIV outreach testing through the use of timely and geo-located HIV viral load surveillance data. Sex Transm Dis. 2018 Mar;45(3):207-211. PMCID: PMC5815644