About the IDEA Initiative

Launched in 2016,

The IDEA (Innovation + Design Enabling Access) Initiative based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health seeks to foster innovation and the design of new technologies for greater health access and impact through a combination of research, policy work, and training. It also collaborates with a variety of initiatives across Johns Hopkins University and beyond.

To learn more about our Initiative, visit this post by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Below are a few of the concepts being explored by the IDEA Initiative. Click each concept block to learn more

Sharing Knowledge for Global Health

Design for Disruptive Innovation

Health Equity and the Technology Product Lifecycle

Accountability Technologies

Sustainable Access

Pay Now or Pay More Later

Re-engineering the Value Chain

Community of Practice

Open Science


Working with a world of partners, both at home and abroad…

The IDEA Initiative serves as a thematic lead for the Transformative Technologies and Institutions (TTI) arm of the Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World, and comprise the Strategic Policy Program of ReAct - Action on Antibiotic Resistance. The IDEA Initiative also works with countless organizations and networks within Johns Hopkins University and around the world to achieve their goals.

Training and Education

Since 2016, the IDEA Initiative has hosted, collaborated on, and helped create a variety of programs, courses, workshops, and events around the world to train the next generation of professionals in the Public Health field.

These projects include Innovate4AMR, an international online social design competition receiving over 145 proposals for innovative solutions to antibiotic stewardship, as well as the 2018 LEAP workshop, which brought together more than 30 students from all disciplines to learn more about the Access to Medicines field, with guest speakers from a variety of partner organizations such as Public Citizen, CSPI, and US PIRG speaking on topics ranging from intellectual property rights to drug pricing. In addition to these events, the IDEA Initiative has worked to put together several courses at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and various other programs with partners across fields.

Policy Work and research

The IDEA Initiative conducts policy analysis, carries out research projects, and contributes to expert advisory processes to support and inform work to address global health challenges, from antimicrobial resistance to innovation and access to health technologies.