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Health, Behavior and Society

HBS Newsletter

Winter 2019

Welcome, new SOURCE faculty members!

Tyler Derreth Tyler Derreth, PhD

R. Tyler Derreth is the Associate Director of SOURCE and an instructor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research concentrates on urban community-university partnerships, critical pedagogies and social justice-oriented educational practices. In particular, he is focused on developing equitable urban community-university partnerships through service-learning and other academic practices that center marginalized voices in a critical educational environment. 

Tyler’s administrative work centers on collaborations with faculty, staff and students as they develop community partnerships that address social issues through various academic and co-curricular experiences. These efforts include leading the SOURCE Service-Learning Fellows program, supporting service-learning course development and community partnership outreach and establishing SOURCE’s research agenda.

Keilah JacquesKeilah Jacques, MSW

Keilah Jacques serves as Assistant Director of Academic Service-Learning and Social Justice for the SOURCE Center and is an instructor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In her role at SOURCE, she advances curricular and co-curricular efforts to further social justice and critical consciousness in service-learning and community engaged efforts for faculty, community partners, staff, and students at the Bloomberg School and the Johns Hopkins schools of nursing and medicine. Jacques is also an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas, where she instructs future non-profit leaders through the Human Service Management and Leadership degree program in the areas of non-profit management and diversity and social justice for non-profit practice. 

Prior to her current roles, she was the Public Policy Coordinator for one of the largest social service providers in Dallas. Her policy and advocacy work there led to a position as the Program Director of Strategic Development with the Health and Wellness Alliance at Children’s Health Systems of Texas. In that position, she led a public health collective impact, which intentionally aligned programs, policy and services to systems changes to reduce barriers to healthy lifestyles and combat childhood obesity. 

Keilah is originally from Dallas. She completed her undergraduate degree in social work at the University of North Texas and her graduate degree in community organizing and health justice at the University of Connecticut, where she was a CEDAL Public Heath Scholar. She completed a post-graduate diploma at the University of Oxford with a focus on social care law and the National Health System (NHS).

Tony BridgesTony Bridges, BS

Tony Bridges serves as an assistant director of SOURCE, where he connects SOURCE community partners with students, faculty and staff at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins schools of nursing and medicine. He is also an instructor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Bloomberg School. 

A native of Baltimore, Tony has extensive experience in community and human services in Baltimore City. Prior to his role at SOURCE, he worked for Park Heights Renaissance, where he developed, managed and implemented community partnerships and services. His previous positions included roles with JHU East Baltimore Community Affairs, the Maryland Transit Administration, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood & Constituent Services, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods. In November 2018, Tony was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 41 in Baltimore City.

Putting theory to practice: MSPH Students start the non-profit initiative Ars Medica

Physician burnout is a public health crisis that demands action at multiple levels. Recent evidence indicates that nearly half of all physicians in the U.S. will experience burnout during their career. The issue has also raised concerns regarding the quality of care, as burnout increases the risk of medical errors and leads to high physician turnover. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has predicted a shortage of 90,000 physicians by the year 2025, and burnout is one of the underlying drivers for the loss of practicing physicians. 

Ars Medica is a nonprofit initiative that takes a community-driven approach to address the problem of physician burnout. The project is led by second-year MSPH students Javier de la Maza and Marielle “Mari” Bugayong in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society. Drawing from lessons learned in their graduate studies, the team is creating an online space where medical students, residents, and physicians can share their stories and connect with their peers.  

These lessons encompass various theories and perspectives discussed in HBS courses including Program Planning taught by Dr. Vanya Jones, Persuasive Communication taught by Dr. Meghan Moran, Health Communication Programs taught by Dr. Doug Storey, Health Literacy & Interpersonal Influence in Medical Care taught by Dr. Debra Roter, and Implementation & Sustainability taught by Dr. Janice Bowie.

Ars Medica is sponsored by the 2018 Ten by Twenty Challenge—a funding opportunity for innovative ideas that support the vision of President Ronald J. Daniels for Johns Hopkins by the year 2020. The project is also supported by the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab, a social venture accelerator program that provides technical support, mentorship and access to a vibrant network of entrepreneurs and change makers.  The team is working to launch the first prototype of the platform in April of 2019. 

If you are curious for more details or interested in supporting their work, please contact either  or .

The Lerner Center announces two new funding opportunities for 2019-2020

The timeline for both opportunities is as follows:

Letters of intent due: March 11, 2019 (5:00 pm ET) 
Applications due: April 29, 2019 (5:00 pm ET) 
Awardees announced: Early June, 2019 
Project period: July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020

Please visit the Lerner Center’s website for application details, materials, and contacts.