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While Chavi Rhodes was earning her MSPH in International Health here at the Bloomberg School, she would repair her bike at nearby do-it-yourself shop, Velocipede. A program she loved, it is a shop for Baltimore residents who offer support and a space to repair bikes. However, the shop doesn’t allow those under 18 years old to participate. That’s when Chavi had an idea.Row of bikes outside Wolfe Street Building

Every kid wants a bike and by providing an activity and space, maybe she could help children avoid trouble after school by teaching them how to repair bikes. After working so many hours in the shop, that child could earn his or her own bike. Thus, Baltimore Youth Kinetic Energy (BYKE) was born.

Now, BYKE is open three days a week, and Wednesdays are dedicated to girls only. Outside of the school year, extended hours are available. Chavi works to build mentorship and create community through BYKE. Once children shows development, they may be promoted to an intern where they can earn $10 an hour for working in the shop and looking out for younger kids.

Last week, The Baltimore Sun wrote an article on BYKE and their success in reaching out to kids and their families. Read the full article for insight into some of the kids’ and families’ responses to the program.

Public Health often crosses disciplines and requires collaboration. At the Bloomberg School of Public Health, we see this daily in the classrooms, special lectures and cross-department research. In response to the Johns Hopkins University’s call for creating innovative, interdisciplinary solutions, the Alliance for a Healthier World was born. Now they are offering grants of up to $25,000 to faculty members and students. Another round will be offered this coming fall.

David Peters, chair of the Department of International Health, is the director of the alliance. He says the center hopes the grants will help to “create new ideas, new collaborations and achieve research that has some impact”. Eventually, the goal is to increase partnerships with governments, foundations and corporations. Implementation will focus on vulnerable or low-income communities overseas.

Although headed by a Bloomberg School professor, the alliance already has participation or interest from every division and school across the university, as well as the Applied Physics Laboratory and the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

For more information on the grants, make sure to read the full article and check out the Alliance for a Healthier World’s website.

Time to do a little spring cleaning, provide policy reminders and a few blog tips...

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Admissions Services will close today at 12 noon to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. The Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Convocation Ceremony is taking place at the Royal Farms Arena as an expected 846 students graduate.

Admissions Services will open again on Wednesday, May 24 at 8am and resume normal business hours.

Congratulations to our 2017 graduates!

While the farmer’s market season isn’t in full swing yet, the weather is definitely making me impatient for the fresh, local produce to arrive. In the meantime, the Johns Hopkins Farmers’ Market in East Baltimore started last week with food vendors. While Wolfe Street is commonly a hot spot for food trucks, it’s a nice change of pace when you can grab some barbecue pork, Thai food or fresh, made to order tacos and some produce.

The farmer’s market is every Thursday through October 26 and is popular with students, staff and faculty from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Medicine and the School of Nursing.

Faculty and Staff wait in line for tacos

Thai food is also popular