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As part of Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards and Grants were established. Last year, when the 2016 awardees were announced, one of our very own, Howard Nelson-Williams, was among those honored. As a columniation of the training, mentoring and networking, the awardees spent a week in June in the UK of a residential program.

Nelson-Williams of Sierra Leone graduated with his MPH from the Bloomberg School in the spring of 2014. During his time in the MPH program, he focused on Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Since graduating, and the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Nelson-Williams has been advocating and researching the control of spreading diseases and rebuilding the healthcare system in his home country. It was this public health work that made him stand out among the Queen’s nominees from the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. This year, 60 awards were given to Commonwealth Citizens ranging in age from 18-29.

Reminder! Tomorrow we will be participating in the SOPHAS Virtual Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The MPH office will also be answering questions from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

We hope you’ll join us! But if you can’t, don’t worry. We will take part again on September 14 and November 16.

Coming from a small town in Central Pennsylvania where farms were abundant, I miss the farmers’ markets and driving up to the houses in the Amish communities for the freshest produce. I have been discovering farmers’ trucks along the side of the road, but I miss the experience of what I refer to as Farmers’ Market Day. When my coworkers told me about the Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar, I knew this was something that couldn’t wait on my Discovering Baltimore list.

Every Sunday, the Baltimore’s Farmers’ Market and Bazaar takes place under highway Mushroom Stand83 from 7 a.m. to sell out, typically around noon. The market usually runs from mid-April through mid-December. The market is also a bit of a bazaar where local craftsmen have items for sale and some vendors sell delectable items for customers’ breakfast, lunch or brunch. There was one stand that only sold mushrooms while another specialized in pickles. Add a fruit salsa stand and I was no longer surprised by what I would come across as I wandered through the expansive market.

I prefer to buy my weekly veggies from the small family farmers’ stands. This week I Knopp's Farm Standwas delighted by Knopp’s Farm from Severn, Maryland. Although I didn’t buy any sweet potatoes this week, I did purchase some juicy blueberries and a small basket of mixed squash. In addition to the last snow peas for the season and lettuce from a few other stands, I purchased some bread from a local bakery. The Breadery stone grinds the flour and uses whole grains, even in the white Montana Bread. I chose the hearty Orange Cranberry Pecan loaf, which makes a delicious peanut butter sandwich.

With free parking in a few parking lots and the Mercy Hospital garage, the Baltimore The Day's PurchasesFarmers’ Market and Bazaar was easy to get to and a wonderful experience. For all of you moving to Baltimore for the coming year, or thinking of applying to the Bloomberg School, The Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar is an absolute must.

Recently the Reading Pilot published a feature on one of the Bloomberg School’s alumna, Paige Armstrong, MD, BA/MHS’08. Paige came to us prior to medical school, and graduated with her BA/MHS in Environmental Health Sciences. Currently, she is using her medical degree to serve Public Health rather than individual patients. She credits her time here at Bloomberg to seeing the larger impact she could make by focusing on the population rather than the individual. She is currently fulfilling a two-year assignment with the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Center for Disease Control. Her job? Disease detective.

Paige is on a team focusing on mycotic disease, or fungal diseases. Even though she had not worked with mycotic diseases prior to earning her position, she is enjoying the work. To read more about Paige, her work and her future plans, you can read the whole article on the Reading Pilot’s website.

Tomorrow marks the start of our summer travels. Lauren, our Assistant Director of Recruitment and Events, will be in New York, NY for two different fairs. The 2016 Tri-State Annual Recruitment Fair at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and then at Fordham University with representatives from Columbia, Harvard and Yale for an information session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you’re living in New York, or visiting the city and want to meet Lauren to learn more about the Bloomberg School, come by!

Make sure to always check our traveling schedule to know when we might be in your area or when we are participating in a virtual event. Remember some fairs require registration, so make sure you always double check the site.