Name: Rachel J. Thornton, MD, PhD
Member Since: 2019
Resides In: Ellicott City
Professional Background or Current Role: general pediatrician and public health researcher; Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Community Connections: I was born and raised in Oakland, CA and moved to Maryland after college to attend the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (’04) and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (’04). When I moved to Baltimore in 1997, I immediately felt at home. I lived in Baltimore City for 6 years and then moved to Baltimore County, where I lived for another 7 years before moving to Howard County with my husband. I am a practicing general pediatrician at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Hunger and food insecurity are frequent challenges facing too many children and families I care for in clinical practice.
Interest In Baltimore Hunger Project: Hunger and food insecurity rob children of their optimal developmental potential and contribute to poor growth, obesity, and other chronic conditions in childhood. As a public health researcher focused on child health equity, childhood obesity, and long-term cardiovascular disease risk; I learn through my work about the widespread implications of inadequate nutrition on child health. My commitment to service drives me to do more than simply document the problems facing our region’s most vulnerable and under-resource children. Serving on the board of the Baltimore Hunger Project is an exciting opportunity to be part of the change, the movement, to improve child nutrition and insure more children and families have access to the resources they need to learn, grow, and stay healthy.