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.