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Environmental Justice Partnership, Inc.

Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
PHONE: (410) 502-5651
CONTACT: Barbara Bates-Hopkins 
EMAIL: bbatesho@jhsph.edu     
WEBPAGE:  www.environmentaljusticepartnership.org

Function of Organization/Site:

The Environmental Justice Partnership is a non-profit organization that functions as the interface between environmental and other research establishments as they relate to East Baltimore and surrounding communities of Baltimore City to:

  1. Encourage partnerships between researchers and community members for all stages of research planning, implementation, and dissemination;
  2. Facilitate the equitable dissemination of pertinent information regarding local environmental and other research and its impact on the community, primarily through community education and outreach initiatives; and
  3. Educate the local environmental and public health research establishment regarding the response, approval, and concerns of the impacted community. 

EJP first came together in January 2003 with funding from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) which has ended.  EJP conducted qualitative research that revealed that most East Baltimore residents feel that they don't benefit from research and in particular they reported that they don't receive the results of research once the study is completed. Public health research can be a benefit to individuals in East Baltimore, if researchers reach out and give back to community members what they want and deserve. We are hopeful that our educational and outreach program will be the catalyst that the community embraces as a reliable venue to receive and exchange meaningful community information.The Mission of the EJP is to address public health problems that impact East Baltimore residents by building a partnership of community based organizations that educate residents, advocate for environmental justice, and represent the East Baltimore community's interests to governmental agencies, academic institutions, and private organizations. The overall goal of the EJP is to improve the quality of life in our communities. The partners of the EJP include various community advocates and representatives of community organizations in East Baltimore, staff and faculty from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).