Robert Wm. Blum

Robert W. Blum, MD, MPH, PhD, is the emeritus William H. Gates, Sr. Professor Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Director, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. He has edited two books, and has written over 300 journal articles, book chapters and special reports. He is a Past-President of the Society for Adolescent Medicine; has served on the American Board of Pediatrics; was a charter member of the sub-Board of Adolescent Medicine is a past chair of the Guttmacher Institute Board of Directors and served as chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Adolescent Health and Development. In 2006, The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine elected Dr. Blum into membership. He is a consultant to The World Bank, UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) where recently he authored the guidance on adolescent pregnancy, as well as the World Health Organization where he has served on the Technical Advisory Group of the Child and Adolescent Health Department as well as the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the Human Reproductive Program. He has been awarded the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Outstanding Achievement Award (1993); and has been the recipient of the American Public Health Association’s Herbert Needleman Award “for scientific achievement and courageous advocacy” on behalf of children and youth. In 2010, he was awarded the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Vince Hutchins Award “…to a lifetime of distinguished service to improve the health of MCH populations;” In 2014 he received the American Public Health Association’s Martha May Eliot Award honoring “extraordinary service to mothers and children [and adolescents]”; and in 2016 he was awarded the University of Minnesota Outstanding Alumnus Award from the School of Public Health. In 2017 he stepped down as chair of the department of Population, Family and Reproductive health after 13 years.

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