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Darriel Harris

“The course work is just there to give you a foundation. Just so you have some basic skills. But outside of those basic skills, you need to find a place to exercise it.”

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Health Behavior & Society, PhD 2021

Cynthia and Robert S. Lawrence Fellow, Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University

Darriel‘s Podcast Episode

In this episode, we discuss Darriel’s journey from working as a pastor to pursuing his PhD in public health, his research on the efficacy of using faith-based messaging to promote health and nutrition to faith-based communities, and his advice for putting yourself out there and making personal connections to find your next opportunity.

Learn More About Darriel‘s Story

This photo was taken during a speech I gave at the United Nations building in Ethiopia. The speech was live translated into three languages and spoken before an audience of about 600 listeners. I was speaking at Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit in 2018 organized by JHU’s Center for Communication Programs. It was a pivotal moment for me because I was able to demonstrate before a large attentive areligious audience my dissertation topic—the persuasiveness of intertwining health messages with biblical narratives.

This picture was featured in an The Atlantic article about the health disparities between black and white America. The pictures feature me with my then one-year-old daughter Amina. We are standing in front of a hoop house at Strength to Love 2 Farm, a farm located in Sandtown-Winchester, a neighborhood suffering from food apartheid in the west side of Baltimore City. The farm was created by my church Newborn Community of Faith, and for about a year, I served as the director of the farm. The picture is meaningful to me for two reasons. Firstly, because my daughter is such an important and pivotal part of my life. Secondly, because much of the work in which I’m currently engaged is about making the future better, or at the least endurable, for the next generation.