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Updates are sent by Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, the Bloomberg School’s Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training.


Dear Colleagues,

When speaking at the School on May 8, Congressman Cummings asked for our support to help provide summer jobs for city teenagers. I am writing with a brief update on new opportunities for students, faculty and staff to help.

For students:  SOURCE is asking for help to Expand the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s 2015 YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program. There is a critical need for volunteers starting over the next few weeks. The Mayor's Office of Employment Development will need ALL of the help they can get. Office work will include calling employers to verify placements, calling students to confirm preferences, coordinating youth files to confirm acceptance and calling interested employers to provide additional information about the YouthWorks program. The point of contact is Michelle Miles: mthompson@oedworks.com or 410-396-6722
Sign up here to help MOED office staff ramp up job placement opportunities for youth this summer.

For faculty and staff:  There are new opportunities to provide a summer job for a city high school student from June 22 to July 24 and from July 27 through August 21.  Johns Hopkins covers the cost – you provide the experience! The University is expanding this program for this summer. I will separately email staff and faculty with the details.

If you are in need of inspiration, it’s still possible to watch segments of the #EngageBaltimore event on May 8 one at a time here.  Hundreds have watched online so far.

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Small grants available! The Urban Health Institute is now accepting applications for partnerships between the community and Johns Hopkins faculty and students to advance the health and wellbeing of the residents of Baltimore. Proposals may focus on research or program development. Priority will be given to projects that focus upon community-level trauma and approaches to creating trauma-informed systems. Information sessions will be held in the UHI conference room at 2013 E. Monument Street on Wednesday, May 27 from 5-6 p.m. and Wednesday, June 10 from noon to 1 p.m.  For more information or to RSVP for one of the information sessions, contact UHI Program Director Amy Gawad at agawad1@jhu.edu or 410-502-7473.

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A huge thank you to SOURCE for their amazing work in sustaining community engagement efforts for students year-round. For real-time opportunities to volunteer, check out the SOURCE Facebook page and make sure to stay connected: SOURCE@jhu.edu, 410-955-3880.

 

East Baltimore Neighborhood Cleanups with Living Classrooms Foundation (Wednesday evenings)

To show their continuing support for the students, families, and neighborhoods they serve, SOURCE partner The Living Classrooms Foundation will be organizing a series of neighborhood cleanups throughout their East Baltimore Children's Target Investment Zone. Cleanups will be the second and last Wednesdays of the month from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at rotating locations, and are a great opportunity for volunteers to meet each other and the larger community. Cleanups will be the second and last Wednesdays of the month: May 27th, June 10th, June 24th, July 8th, July 29th, August 12th, August 26th, September 9th, and September 30th. To sign up, register online or email Rmeyer@livingclassrooms.org.

 

Be a Guest Reader this Summer for East Baltimore Youth through Elev8 Baltimore

SOURCE partner Elev8 Baltimore is working this summer with the Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools program from June 29 to July 30 to help engage students in learning throughout the year. You are invited to be a special guest to read aloud to the students during Harambee!, a lively and spirited welcoming session aimed at getting young people excited about reading. Guest readers spend about one hour at one of their three schools here in East Baltimore, arriving about 8:15 a.m. on a day that is convenient for you. Reading sessions last until about 9:30 a.m. Elev8 provides books to be read. Just bring yourself and your love for reading! Sign up here.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake is looking for mentors to join their Positive Pathways Program: Baltimore (P3B). Mentors are men and women committed to supporting the development of youth who have been, or at-risk of being, involved in the juvenile justice system. P3B Mentors serve as personal coaches/mentors assisting in the development of social, ethical, emotional and cognitive competencies needed to achieve success in college and/or career environments. P3B mentors serve a minimum of one year as a mentor. Youth participating in P3B are young men and women ages 14-18 residing in Baltimore City, Baltimore County or Harford County who have had contact with the Juvenile Justice System and are interested in developing their leadership skills in preparation for furthering their education and/or obtaining a job. Becoming a P3B Mentor is easy. Contact Courtney Harris, P3B Team Lead at 410-856-1514 or visit their website at biglittle.org to complete a volunteer application.

Dear Colleagues,

I’d like to start this update with a thank you to everyone involved in planning and participating in the Day of Reflection and Progress on Friday.  It was a special day for the school, with powerful presentations and intense discussions about the challenges and opportunities in our city.

There is a terrific webcast of the event here. You can watch Dean Klag open the event, hear Congressman Elijah Cummings’ call to action, marvel at the poetry of several high school students, listen to Professor Tom LaVeist’s analysis, understand the city’s perspective from Health Commissioner Leana Wen and reflect on the incredible discussion with community leaders led by Associate Professor Janice Bowie.

I will include information on follow-up to this event and others that have been happening across the School in future e-mails.

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Today, May 11, from 7 – 9 p.m., Baltimore United for Change will be hosting an evening to reflect on how to best heal and restore our city. Special guest speaker, Dr. Cornel West will reflect on “these times” and our moral courage and responsibility to love and to serve. The event will take place at Metropolitan United Methodist Church located at 1121 W Lanvale St. Baltimore, MD. Reserve your free ticket here.

On Monday May 18, the Urban Health Institute has invited Sonja Sohm (Detective Kima Greggs from “The Wire”), City Council member Nick Mosby (representing Sandtown-Winchester) and LTC Mel Russell from the Baltimore City Police Department for a discussion on recent events in the city. The panel will begin at noon and end at 1 p.m. in Sommer Hall. This event will be open to all Hopkins students, faculty and employees, as well as community residents.

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A huge thank you to SOURCE for their amazing work in sustaining community engagement efforts for students year-round. For real-time opportunities to volunteer, check out the SOURCE Facebook page and make sure to stay connected: SOURCE@jhu.edu, 410-955-3880.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake is looking for mentors to join their Positive Pathways Program: Baltimore (P3B). Mentors are men and women committed to supporting the development of youth who have been, or at-risk of being, involved in the juvenile justice system. P3B Mentors serve as personal coaches/mentors assisting in the development of social, ethical, emotional and cognitive competencies needed to achieve success in college and/or career environments. P3B mentors serve a minimum of one year as a mentor. Youth participating in P3B are young men and women ages 14-18 residing in Baltimore City, Baltimore County or Harford County who have had contact with the Juvenile Justice System and are interested in developing their leadership skills in preparation for furthering their education and/or obtaining a job. Becoming a P3B Mentor is easy. Contact Courtney Harris, P3B Team Lead, at 410-856-1514 or visit the website at www.biglittle.org to complete a volunteer application.

In response to the recent unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, the Open Society Institute-Baltimore has announced the creation of the Baltimore Justice Fund. The Fund will support focused interventions to improve police accountability and police-community relationships, reduce the number of Baltimoreans caught up in the criminal system without compromising public safety and engage Marylanders, especially young people, in advocacy for programs and policies to increase opportunity and racial justice. To donate to the Baltimore Justice Fund click here.

Complete SOURCE’s Community Engagement Survey and Enter to Win a Gift Card – Entry Deadline Tuesday, May 12. Please support the work that they do, by completing the following survey by Tuesday, May 12 for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

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At the risk of self-citation, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a viewpoint last week by Health Commissioner Leana Wen and a co-author entitled, Unrest in Baltimore: The Role of Public Health.

Rodney Foxworth shares thoughts on how to build a better Baltimore in an Op Ed in The Sun:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-freddie-gray-foxworth-20150507-story.html

The New York Times published an editorial this weekend entitled “How Racism Doomed Baltimore.”

And don’t forget to check out Prince’s new song, Baltimore, which debuted yesterday.

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For comprehensive information on dealing with traumatic stress, tips for managers and helping children cope in times of crisis please visit Hopkins Work Life Resources provided by the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program.

All students, staff and faculty can access the Bunting Interfaith Chapel, located in the Main Level/Arcade of the Zayed Tower of the Hospital. The chapel is open 24/7 to people of every faith who seek spiritual shelter, providing a serene place for prayer, meditation and reflection. Chaplains will be present in the chapel throughout the day and are available for prayer and discussion as needed or requested....Continue reading.

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are able to join us tomorrow for Engage Baltimore, an event for reflection and progress in response to recent events in Baltimore. Free tickets will be available beginning at 8:15 a.m. on a first-come basis and the doors to Sommer Hall will open at 8:30 a.m. Space is limited so arrive early. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore. Congressman Cummings has been working tirelessly to bring healing and justice for his constituents across the city. He will be talking about what recent events mean for our city and our nation....Continue reading.

Dear Colleagues,

Last night, the Urban Health Institute celebrated its 15-year anniversary. At the event, JHU President Ron Daniels and Dean Michael Klag joined Director Robert Blum and many others across Johns Hopkins and the community to honor unsung heroes in East Baltimore. UHI hired a local photographer, Robert Houston, to capture images of these incredible individuals. Photographs will be found around the School and published in the School’s magazine soon; you can see one of them here....Continue reading.

Dear Colleagues,

Good morning. Planning is at a fever pitch for Engage Baltimore: A Day of Reflection and Progress, a full-day event to be held here at the School on May 8. Save the date!

The day will involve active listening with respect and humility to voices from the greater Baltimore community as well as facilitating an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to engage in action-oriented discussions about what our role can be in facilitating change....Continue reading.

Dear Colleagues,

Good morning.  To start this update, here’s a report from Lauren Czaplicki, a graduate student in Health, Behavior and Society who attended a rally and march in the city on Saturday.  She writes:

I was inspired and honored to be a part of the rally. To march with brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers toward North and Penn showed the city and the world that we are a community united to fight for justice for Freddie Gray and to demand that the structural policies and politics that maintain inequity and violence in our community cease to be.

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Dear Colleagues,

As the week draws to a close, I want to express my appreciation for the overwhelming response and level of engagement from our School’s students, staff, and faculty.  

As just one example, late yesterday morning, I sent to students an urgent request from the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, for immediate assistance helping residents of Baltimore access their medications if their pharmacy had been closed. Her request was for students to help staff a call center at the Health Department. ...Continue reading.

Dear Colleagues,

The May 8 Day of Dialogue is quickly coming together. Thank you to those who attended either the noon or 5:00 p.m. planning sessions yesterday.  Your voice in the development of this important day is greatly valued and there is still much work to be done. Please email Cristina Rodriguez-Hart at crodri32@jhu.edu if you would like to get involved in organizing efforts or assist with coordination of the event. ...Continue reading.

Dear Colleagues,

I would like thank everyone who participated in yesterday’s Town Hall Meeting.  I apologize that even with Sommer Hall and Feinstone Hall devoted to the event, there was not enough room for everyone.  On the positive side, this reflects the incredible interest and engagement on campus. ...Continue reading.

Dear Colleagues,

Good morning.

This is the first of a regular series of emails on the crisis and recovery in Baltimore. Our purpose is to provide updates on important news, details about the school’s response, information on opportunities for service, and insight via relevant research, writing, and other content.

These messages are coordinated by the Office of Public Health Practice and Training with assistance from a team of engaged graduate students....Continue reading.