The MEETING THE MOMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH award recognizes an organization or group that has been instrumental in preparing first responders to meet the challenges of combating COVID-19.

Launched in spring 2020, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (CRC) is a continuously updated source of COVID-19 data and expert guidance. We aggregate and analyze the best data available on COVID-19—including cases and hospitalizations, as well as testing, contact tracing and vaccine efforts—to help the public, policymakers and healthcare professionals worldwide respond to the pandemic. The Coronavirus Resource Center is made possible through support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.




The team

Lainie Rutkow, JD, PhD

Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Initiatives, Johns Hopkins University Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Lainie Rutkow is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with joint appointments in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society and the School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine. She also serves as Senior Advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Rutkow works at the intersection of public policy, law, and health, using legal, qualitative, and quantitative methods to determine how law influences public health outcomes. She is particularly interested in sub-national natural experiments involving public health laws, and has led seminal evaluations of U.S. states’ legal efforts to promote emergency preparedness, address opioid use disorders, and mitigate childhood obesity. She has published over 125 articles on these and related topics. Her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and American Heart Association. Dr. Rutkow was the inaugural visiting scholar with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Law Program. She earned a BA in comparative literature and history of science and medicine from Yale University, and holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and an MPH and PhD, in health policy, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a member of the bar in New York.

Beth Blauer, JD

Executive Director, Centers for Civic Impact, Johns Hopkins University

Beth Blauer is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Centers for Civic Impact at Johns Hopkins University (Civic Impact). As a dedicated public servant and international expert on government performance programs for more than fifteen years, Blauer spent her career working to improve people’s lives by bringing data into governments’ decision-making processes. Blauer founded Civic Impact, originally as the Center for Government Excellence, in 2015 and since then, has successfully worked with over 140 mayors from around the globe to advance the use of data and evidence. She has built the organization to be a leader in data-driven insights for city leaders and public sector practitioners across the country and around the world. Prior to leading the Centers for Civic Impact, Blauer designed and launched Socrata’s GovStat platform for federal, state, and local governments. Having entered public service as a juvenile probation officer in Maryland, Blauer was quickly promoted within the department, quickly becoming the Chief of Staff. It was in this capacity she began working on the creation and implementation of “StateStat.” In 2008, then Governor Martin O’Malley asked Blauer to lead his nationally recognized StateStat program. Blauer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland and holds a JD from New York Law School. She is a recipient of the 2012 CAP award for her work on Maryland’s StateStat.

Lauren Gardner, PhD, MSE

Associate Professor and Co-Director, Center for Systems Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering

Dr. Lauren Gardner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. She co-directs the Center for Systems Science and Engineering and is affiliated faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2019, Dr. Gardner was a senior lecturer in civil engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, in Australia. Her research expertise is in integrated transport and epidemiological modeling. Dr. Gardner has led interdisciplinary research projects that utilize network optimization and mathematical modeling to progress the state of the art in global epidemiological risk assessment. Beyond mobility, her work focuses more holistically on virus diffusion as a function of climate, land use, mobility, and other contributing factors. Dr. Gardner has received research funding from organizations including NIH, NSF, NASA, the Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and Australian Research Council (ARC). Outcomes from her research projects have led to publications in leading interdisciplinary and infectious disease journals, presentations at international academic conferences, as well as invited seminars and keynote talks at universities and various events. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on network modeling and transport systems. Dr. Gardner received her BSArchE is architectural engineering, her MSE in civil engineering, and her PhD in transportation engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

William Moss, MD, MPH 

Professor and Executive Director, International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

Dr. William Moss is a Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology, International Health, and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is Executive Director of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), and a Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. Dr. Moss is a pediatrician with subspecialty training in infectious diseases, and has worked in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and India among other countries. His broad research interests are the epidemiology and control of childhood infections in resource-poor countries. His current research focuses on understanding the impact of the HIV epidemic on measles control and eradication, the epidemiology and control of malaria in southern Africa, the use of serosurveillance to guide immunization programs, and the care and treatment of HIV-infected children in rural Zambia. Dr. Moss received his MD and MPH from Columbia University.

Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH, SM 

Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health

Security Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering and the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. An epidemiologist by training, her work focuses on global health security, with a particular focus on outbreak detection and response, health systems as they relate to global health security, international and domestic biosurveillance, and infectious disease diagnostics. She directs the Outbreak Observatory, which conducts, in partnership with front-line public health practitioners, operational research to improve outbreak preparedness and response. Together with colleagues from the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Economist Intelligence Unit, she co-leads the development of the first-ever Global Health Security Index, which benchmarks 195 countries’ public health and healthcare capacities and capabilities, their commitment to international norms and global health security financing, and socioeconomic, political, and environmental risk environments. Previously, Dr. Nuzzo worked as a public health epidemiologist for the City of New York. Dr. Nuzzo received a DrPH in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an SM in environmental health from Harvard University, and a BS in environmental sciences from Rutgers University.

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center - 2021 Meeting the Moment for Public Health Award