Kevon Jackman, M.P.H., D.Ph.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Jackman’s research focuses on formative development and adoption of patient portal-based solutions to address disparities in HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among Black youth. Untreated traumatic stress and substance abuse disorders experienced among vulnerable populations are known to increase sexual risk behaviors and contribute to the social epidemiology of HIV/STIs. Since COVID-19, health care delivery has shifted to fewer in-person visits and more remote health care visits. There has never been more poignant time to ensure that patient portals, as an access point for care engagement, are just as accessible and useful for those who belong to marginalized communities of people as it is for those who belong to the higher socioeconomic levels. Through his work, Dr. Jackman has developed the Patient Portal Sexual Health Instrument, a validated psychometric scale to measure beliefs about using patient portals for: (a) sexual health engagement and awareness, (2) enhancing dyadic communication, and (3) managing sexual health care. Population-specific adaptations (e.g., youth with HIV) and multiple validation studies for the PPSHI are ongoing and in development with the goal of informing the implementation of patient portal tools to deliver consumer-facing functionality for overcoming multifaceted and complex barriers to sexual health and wellness. Derek Novacek,