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.

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We will continue sending out this update on a regular basis, although not quite as frequently as over the last couple of weeks. If you have suggestions for relevant content to include in future mailings, please email us at publichealthpractice@jhu.edu