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Last week was SOURCE’S Volunteer Week for students here at the Bloomberg School. All the different events and activities culminated in a Day of Service on Saturday with students, faculty and staff going out to different neighborhoods and volunteering in the communities. The Environmental Health and Engineering students and staff spent their time at Bethel Street Farm.

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 Admissions Services is doing our own Day of Service today at the House of Ruth (Maryland), which is a intimate partner violence center. While the places we choose are different each year, it is a great way to connect with different areas of Baltimore.

Admissions Services will resume normal hours on Friday, May 5 at 8 a.m.

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, – 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!