Exploring the Boundaries of Information Accessibility
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Thu
Dr. Swenor is an epidemiologist and associate professor at The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is also the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center, which aims to address health inequities for people with all types of disabilities. To accomplish this, the Center takes a data-driven approach to establishing evidence, developing strategies, and shaping policy that advances health equity for the disability community. To ensure people with disabilities are at the center of this work, the Center prioritizes partnerships with the disability community and focuses on the inclusion of researchers with disabilities.
Dr. Swenor’s career is motivated by her personal experience with visual impairment. Her work combines public health, disability, and aging research and focuses on maximizing health, inclusion, and equity for people with disabilities throughout their lives. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging and National Eye Institute and published in top journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and JAMA. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Swenor led efforts to identify and address inequities impacting the disability community, including her work leading the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard for People with Disabilities, cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, and Politico. Dr. Swenor cofounded the SENSE Network, an international consortium connecting researchers studying sensory aging research, and is cohost of the Included podcast.
Dr. Swenor received a Master of Public Health and doctorate degrees in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Institute on Aging.