The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH), within its Bureau for Global Health. K4Health is led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs (JHU∙CCP), in collaboration with FHI 360, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and IntraHealth International. 2013 is the beginning of a new five-year project cycle, but we are the inheritors of a rich store of expertise and resources from predecessor projects going back nearly 40 years.
K4Health works to improve access to and sharing of global, regional, and country-specific public health knowledge, particularly about family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH). Since FP/RH issues do not exist in a vacuum, we also share information about related public health issues (such as HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health). Read more about our areas of expertise.
We approach our work from a knowledge management (KM) perspective. Sometimes called “KME” for “knowledge management and exchange,” KM is a set of approaches that value and support generating, capturing, organizing, and adapting knowledge, and making it accessible and usable in different formats for different people. We work to evaluate the knowledge sharing structures in health programs and systems, and find ways for knowledge to be shared more effectively. Our products and services strengthen the KME capabilities of the global health sector.
The rise of the Internet, social media, and mobile technologies have made more information available to more people than ever before—but not everyone has equal access. While some people face challenges of information overload, others are still struggling with lack of access to information. K4Health serves a broad audience, including people at both extremes of the information spectrum. We strive to span the divide between the leading edge and the trailing edge by providing resources in a variety of online, mobile, and offline formats.