Jennifer L. Porter, MPH, MCHES, is a Government Affairs Specialist at Children’s National Health System. In this role, Mrs. Porter is a team member of Children's National’s local and national advocacy efforts, held under the umbrella of the Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI). The CHAI engages in strategic collaborative advocacy to proactively address health threats impacting children and serves as an influential voice in the development of child health policy. Jennifer engages government stakeholders to ensure that the needs of children are kept in the forefront of the development of policies and regulations.

Jennifer comes to Government Affairs with expertise in health inequity research and community health intervention evaluation. As a clinical researcher, Jennifer’s research focused on a range of adolescent sexual health issues including: economic influences of medical adherence for HIV positive adolescents, structural barriers to HIV prevention for LGBTQ youth and pregnancy prevention outcomes. Mrs. Porter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Howard University and a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University, Milken Institute, School of Public Health.

Mrs. Porter has held a number of volunteer leadership positions in Washington, DC, metropolitan area community organizations including; acting as the current Recording secretary of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Incorporated Sorority for business and professional women’s eastern region, and the current corresponding secretary of the Gamma Chapter Iota’s Washington, DC Graduate Chapter.

Jennifer’s advocacy on behalf of children extends beyond her work in health care. Her passion lies in promoting healthy bodies, relationships and careers for young women.