Part of what I’m doing is to let someone know that we are listening.Stephanie Farquhar, MHS
PhD Student, Health, Behavior and Society
For Stephanie Farquhar, the Brown Scholarship has opened doors to opportunities—years ahead of schedule.
One example: Scholarship donor Eddie Brown invited Farquhar and the other scholars to a Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Class Program luncheon in May. At the event, Farquhar met Baltimore Police Major Melvin Russell, commander of the Eastern District. “Not only did he eagerly offer to discuss the New East Side project for my dissertation, but he also invited me to participate in his efforts to integrate health care services in East Baltimore,” she says.
Farquhar has focused her research on the response to relocation associated with the New East Side, an 80-acre redevelopment effort in East Baltimore that has been touted as a national model. She wants to know what the process has meant to residents and how it continues to impact them. Her work consists of interviewing individuals and their families to explore the health, social, environmental and economic impact on neighborhoods.
Since relocation continues to be a frequent component of urban renewal policy, her findings will help influence future urban renewal projects in Baltimore and elsewhere. She also hopes her work will directly impact Baltimore by addressing issues associated with social networks, food supply, transportation, job availability and other topics.