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Office of Public Health Practice and Training

Mission Statement for Baltimore

The Office of Public Health Practice & Training seeks to improve health through the promotion of excellence in public health practice. In Baltimore, the Office directly supports the Baltimore City Health Department, connects the school’s students, staff, and faculty to local public health efforts, and supports teaching about and engagement with current challenges facing the city. Our goal is to improve health through effective public health efforts in Baltimore.

Baltimore Highlights

Reducing Infant Mortality

Baltimore's PromiseIn the Spring of 2015, Dr. Sharfstein served as a co-chair of the Healthy Babies Workgroup for Baltimore’s Promise, a civic initiative to support children in the city. Many policy recommendations by the group are in the process of adoption. In addition, the workgroup recommended the development of a task force to support sustainable funding to improve birth outcomes and reduce teen pregnancy in the city.  Dr. Sharfstein serves on this task force.

Reducing Drug Overdose

The Preventive Medicine residency program established a relationship with Baltimore City to provide support for naloxone prescribing to reverse overdoses.  Through this effort, residents worked off the city Health Department’s needle exchange van, including on nights and weekends, to provide training and naloxone and support access to drug treatment for city residents.

Public Health Practice Baltimore Project: Centro Salud Policy Group

Centro Sol

The Office of Public Health Practice & Training is hosting a policy group on access to care for Latino residents in Baltimore. This project involves working closely with Johns Hopkins Medicine, Healthcare Access Maryland, and public agencies to break down barriers to coverage and care for individuals and families in the city, regardless of immigration status.

Contact Information

Josh Sharfstein
Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement