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On Thursday, the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) awarded the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health the Harrison C. Spencer Award for Outstanding Community Service. The Bloomberg School’s commitment to Baltimore can be seen through meaningful and lasting collaborations with local organizations and residents. Departments, centers and offices, particularly SOURCE, have all contributed to the partnerships throughout the city.

SOURCE works with students, faculty and staff from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and School of Medicine by connecting those wanting to volunteer with organizations. In addition to organizing days of service and other community events, SOURCE offers service-learning opportunities. These efforts help students enhance their public health education and connect students with the community while ensuring both the community-based organizations and students benefit from the experience.

As part of the award process, ASPPH visited the School’s campus in early March and met with some of the community partners. In the School’s press release, Josh Sharfstein, MD, vice dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, said, “Our community collaborations have contributed to improvements in infant mortality, reductions in overdose, assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness, support for teachers and schoolchildren, and many other steps forward for health in Baltimore. We are looking forward to growing these collaborations to accomplish even more together in the future.”

For a closer look at the work of SOURCE and to hear from the community-based organizations, watch the short video below.

 

On March 6, researchers led by Lorraine T. Dean, ScD, assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Epidemiology, published a study in the journal Cancer, that offered nine recommendations on how to lower the long-term breast cancer-related economic burden for U.S. breast cancer survivors. What is special about this study is it takes the recommendations from the patients themselves, rather than only focusing on provider and insurer perspectives.

The recommendations range from assistance in understanding coverage, expanding coverage for lymphedema-specific supplies and treatment, expanding availability of services, providing domestic assistance (including house chores, child care and transportation), and expanding eligibility for financial aid beyond those in poverty. Lymphedema is the swelling of the arms or torso commonly caused by the removal of the lymph nodes during breast cancer surgery.

Previous studies on U.S. cancer patients have shown that breast cancer patients have considerably higher economic burdens compared to those with other types of cancers. The extra costs often deal with the treatments’ side effects, particularly lymphedema, which affects nearly 35 percent of U.S. breast cancer survivors. Survivors with lymphedema experience over $14,500 more in out-of-pocket costs than survivors who do not develop the side effect.

Admissions Services hosts virtual sessions throughout the year because it isn’t always possible for admitted students to visit campus. The Admitted Student Virtual sessions will begin today. Bellow are lists of the sessions available to admitted students based on degrees. Sessions will be recorded for those unavailable at the times of the sessions.

Departmental Master’s Students
All sessions are from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Department of International Health – March 20, 2019
Master’s Student Panel – March 27, 2019
Housing and Life in Baltimore – May 1, 2019

Doctoral Students
All sessions are from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Doctoral Student Panel – March 13, 2019
DrPH Virtual Session – March 15, 2019
Housing and Life in Baltimore – May 1, 2019

MPH Live Talks
All sessions are from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. EST unless otherwise indicated
MPH International Students – March 13, 2019 (8:00 – 9:15 a.m. EST)
MPH/MBA Session – March 26, 2019
Full-time MPH 2019 Cohort – April 2, 2019
Full-time MPH International Student 2019 Cohort – April 3, 2019
Housing and Life in Baltimore – May 1, 2019

Students may join the virtual sessions by following the links on their personal pages to the appropriate virtual session.

U.S. News & World Report announced today their rankings of public health schools and programs. The ranking is done every four years and for the first time included Council on Education for Public Health accredited programs housed outside schools of public health. The rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys, of which this year’s rankings there was a 40 percent response rate.

In a press release, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Dean, Ellen MacKenzie, PhD’ 79, ScM ’75,  said, “While these rankings bring attention to the School, our ongoing pursuit of solutions to a broad spectrum of health challenges is what truly defines us. Our work is at the frontlines – in laboratories, in the halls of government, in countries and community’s around the world.”

Dean MacKenzie’s letter to the Bloomberg School can be found on the website.

Every year, Career Services puts together a robust career fair at the beginning of March. I’ve heard from current students that a lot of them have had friends that left the career fair with interviews set up and eventually have jobs lined up that began with interactions at the career fair.

I’m currently working on the final preparations for the Career Fair guidebook; which lists companies represented, what positions they are hiring for and information about the companies themselves. As a result, I can personally attest to the breadth of non-profits, NGOs, government, private companies, and academic institutions represented. In addition, some employers who can’t attend the fair still advertise positions they have open.

The Career Fair is also open to students from other institutions. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student looking for full-time positions, internships, consultancy and fellowship positions in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors, please come! The fair is Friday, March 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The whole Student Affairs office works together that day to help cover the event. For you future Bloomberg students, it’s a wonderful event to look forward to. Check back next week for some students’ opinions on the event.