Christina Potter, MSPH
Senior Analyst, Research Associate
Ms. Potter is a Senior Analyst at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a Research Associate in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her primary research interests include analysis of outbreak preparedness and response in domestic and international contexts, unique qualitative methodological approaches, and the intersection between health systems strengthening and health security.
At the Center, part of Ms. Potter’s work focuses on the response to COVID-19, including contributing to 6 high-impact reports related to contact tracing, school-based measures, vaccine allocation, and overall reopening guidance. Additionally, Ms. Potter recently led an analysis of US state and local public health laboratories' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, and she contributes to the Center’s COVID-19 Situation Report.
Outside of COVID-19, Ms. Potter is involved in various efforts describing and characterizing health security threats and responses. Ms. Potter developed a novel mixed-methods approach for a recent study to better understand assurance, verification, and related concepts to increase the degree of certainty that States Parties are meeting their Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) obligations and supporting BWC implementation. Ms. Potter also contributed to research examining last-mile challenges in vaccine delivery, post-epidemic routine immunization recovery, and vaccination equity in resource-constrained settings. Additionally, Ms. Potter has contributed to awareness-raising and communications efforts such as project-related social media awareness campaigns, monkeypox outbreak alerts and fact sheets, as well as “Outbreak Thursday” blog posts for the Outbreak Observatory. Ms. Potter also represents the Center at scientific meetings, presenting her work in various capacities (i.e., poster presenter, workshop leader, plenary speaker).
Currently, Ms. Potter contributes to various projects, including the development of indicators to measure holistic pandemic recovery in US communities and the design of an online tool to aid policymakers in nonpharmaceutical intervention (NPI) implementation. In her free time, Ms. Potter volunteers her outreach and analysis expertise and services to the Greene Care Clinic, a free clinic in Greene County, Virginia.
Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Potter received her MSPH degree in global disease epidemiology and control from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During her studies, Ms. Potter completed her practicum and capstone with the Center for Health Security, conducting an evaluation of Uganda’s Ebola preparedness and response measures using a novel methodology created for the project and analyzing rationale for past public health emergency of international concern declarations. Additionally, Ms. Potter served as a research assistant for the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for a scoping literature review regarding the conceptualization and use of political will on behalf of vulnerable populations. While at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, she also earned a certificate in humanitarian health.
Ms. Potter has a BS in cell and molecular biology with a minor in global health from Northeastern University. During this period, Ms. Potter completed an internship at Sanofi Pasteur, assisting with vaccine development for respiratory syncytial virus, and an internship with the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine, conducting qualitative research and surveillance activities for typhoid fever.
BWC assurance: increasing certainty in BWC compliance
Post-Pandemic Recovery: From What, For Whom, and How?
Identifying Operational Challenges and Solutions During the COVID-19 Response Among US Public Health Laboratories
Retrospective identification of key activities in Uganda’s preparedness measures related to the 2018–2020 EVD outbreak in eastern DRC utilizing a framework evaluation tool
School Ventilation: A Vital Tool to Reduce COVID-19 Spread
Risk Assessment and Testing Protocols for Reducing SARS-CoV-2 Transmission in K-12 Schools
- Public health preparedness and response
- Qualitative and mixed methodological approaches
- Emerging and reemerging infectious diseases
- Global health policy
- Health systems strengthening