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As I learned when I started here at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Public Health is about serving the communities and the population, rather than the individual. All our students have a particular focus on what topic in a particular community or population they want to work with, whether it is toilets in India, Dengue Virus research, gun policy, or one of the thousands of other topics being researched and studied. But putting into practice what you’re learning in the Baltimore community is a wonderful opportunity open to all Bloomberg students.Student Volunteering

The Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE) was founded ten years ago to connect the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing with the Baltimore community. Partnering with a large number of organizations ranging from advocacy, chronic/infectious diseases, and tutoring/mentoring, students from the medical campus are able to reach out with their personal skills and expertise and practice public health in our urban setting. Whether students are looking for a short term or long term commitment, our students have the opportunity to put into practice the very ideas they are discussing during class in the community.

Our tagline is Protecting Health, Saving Lives-Millions at a Time. That tagline isn’t just referring to the work as a whole the School is doing, or what our alumni have and are accomplishing, it also is for our current students who volunteer in Baltimore thanks to the opportunities SOURCE provides.

Tomorrow, SOURCE – or the Student Outreach Resource Center – will be celebrating its Tenth Year!

SOURCE was established in 2005 as a resource for students of the schools of medicine, nursing and public health to put the skills learned in the classroom to work in our community. Below is an infographic illustrating their accomplishments over the last decade.

SOURCE Infographic

Congratulations, SOURCE!

Happy Birthday!


Today is the first day of National Volunteer Week!

SOURCE, our Student Outreach Resource Center, has organized a number of activities and events.

National Volunteer Week Activities

SOURCE is a wonderful organization working with all three health profession schools on the East Baltimore Campus (public health, nursing, and medicine). Their mission is to provide academic and professional development opportunities through community outreach and service-learning partnerships with community-based organizations.

You can get an idea of the sort of opportunities they facilitate by the National Volunteer Week schedule above.

How can you get involved?

For those of you joining us this summer and fall, SOURCE has provided a handy checklist for involvement with community-based organizations. SOURCE has short- and long-term volunteer opportunities and distributes a weekly scoop on upcoming programs and events. They also host an Annual Community Involvement Fair each September.

The SOURCE Service Scholars Program enables health professional students to make a long-term (one academic year) commitment to a SOURCE partnering Baltimore community-based organization (CBO) or recognized service-based student group. Service Scholars receive a $2,000 stipend. Applications to be a SOURCE Service Scholar in 2013-2014 are due April 22, 2013.