Joanne Tremblay Jackson, Director of Student Support Services Named 2019 Bloomberg Fellow

Joanne Tremblay Jackson, Director of Student Support Services Named 2019 Bloomberg Fellow

We’re pleased to announce Joanne Tremblay Jackson, the Hartford Public Schools Director of Student Support Services, as a 2019 Bloomberg Fellow! Fellows receive a full scholarship to earn an MPH or DrPH, then use their new skills to continue tackling some of the toughest challenges facing US communities.

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health announced its 2019 cohort of Bloomberg Fellows, each drawn from an organization working on one of five health challenges facing the nation: addiction and overdose, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, risks to adolescent health and violence.

The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ donation honored the centennial of the School’s establishment as the United States’ first independent graduate school of public health.

Joanne Tremblay Jackson, LCSW, ACSW, started at Hartford Public Schools as a school social worker and now serves as the Director of Student Support Services.  In collaboration with the school district, she leads an effort to develop trauma informed and sensitive practice frameworks for supporting students.  Joanne analyzes and reviews data to assist schools in improving their practices and approaches to address behavior, safety, culture and climate.  She serves as the school district’s representative for the community oversight committee and as a representative on the mayor’s task force on youth violence.

Ms. Tremblay Jackson states, “I applied and was awarded a full Fellowship for a part-time, blended learning, on-line and in residence, MPH program with a focus on Adolescent Health. The application also made clear that Adolescent Health would also be impacted by violence and so both initiatives would apply to the work in process in Hartford. There is a commitment that I will remain here for a year after the fellowship and that the practicum and capstone project will be with my place of employment and address an issue pertinent to adolescents in our system. It may be truancy or it may be trauma or it may be violence and detention. ”

The Program is a groundbreaking initiative that provides world-class public health training to individuals engaged with organizations tackling critical challenges facing the United States, and will support a new generation of public health leaders in organizations across the country. These leaders will get their start as Bloomberg Fellows.

Congratulations to Joanne Tremblay Jackson!

Risks to Adolescent Health

One in eight young people in the U.S. is disconnected from school or work. These youth face myriad challenges, often including incarceration, poverty, exposure to trauma, mental health issues and substance abuse. Public health tools can improve our understanding of the risk factors that lead to disconnection and help us design systemic solutions that promote connection and reengage young people.

Many adolescents face profound risks on the path to a healthy adulthood.

5 million U.S. 16- to 24-year-olds were neither working nor in school in 2015
16 % of the high school class of 2016 did not graduate
24 % of youth in the rural south are disconnected, twice the national average

On November 29 and 30, 2018, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and Bloomberg Philanthropies convened the inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit in Washington D.C. The Summit brought together innovators, experts, practitioners and policymakers from around the country, to focus on ways to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing health in the United States: addiction and overdose, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, risks to adolescent health, and violence.


Interested in joining their next year’s class?  Visit their website for details on how to apply!


Click here to learn about all of the 2019 Fellows.