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.

Engage Baltimore: A Day of Reflection and Progress is just three days away! From 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. on Friday, May 8, the School will host speakers, panels, and small group discussions on the events in Baltimore and how to move forward. Visit the School’s website Engage Baltimore to stay updated on the event and other related topics.  

It’s not too late to help with the logistics of the day: Those interested in being involved should email Zoé Hendrickson (zhendri1@jhu.edu) and Lauren Czaplicki (lczapli1@jhu.edu) to volunteer.

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SOURCE supports community efforts year-round. While volunteerism is of great interest in the short-term and with immediate community needs, SOURCE and our community partners will need your support throughout the months and years to come. Stay connected: SOURCE@jhu.edu, 410-955-3880. For real-time opportunities to volunteer, check out the SOURCE Facebook page.

SOURCE community partner, Thread, believes that open dialogue is a key element to enduring relationships -- the kind of relationships that reduce the barriers between disparate groups of people, the kind of relationships that allow us to acknowledge personal differences while seeking to find common humanity.

Please join the Thread community on Thursday May 7 at 5 p.m. as they host special guest speaker, author and professor D. Watkins, for a discussion. Find event details here.

Other volunteer opportunities include:

Saturday, May 9

Volunteer with Civic Works’ Real Food Farm at Perlman Place to help their farm grow food for Baltimore. Volunteers will meet at JHSPH Monument Street entrance at 8:30am and return around 12:15pm. RSVP required to SOURCE@jhu.edu with name, school affiliation and phone number. SOURCE is organizing carpools so be sure to state if you have transportation (spots available in vehicle) or need transportation.

Saturday, May 9

Join the Highlandtown Community Association at the soon-to-be-opened Conkling Street Garden. Help transform a vacant lot into a beautiful community garden. Assist with building aboveground garden beds. They'll be providing gloves, tools, materials and lunch -- all they need is volunteers. For more details, visithttps://www.facebook.com/events/1409341462721310/

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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More than a dozen students have worked with the Baltimore City Health Department to aid Baltimore residents whose pharmacies were damaged by last week’s events. They helped people find transportation to open pharmacies outside their neighborhoods, contacted doctors for patients in need and even helped link a local Walmart with the effort, which resulted in the pharmacy there delivering medication to elderly patients in the affected areas.

Said one student:

To see members of our community reaching out to help each other in this way was a stunning reminder of the beauty of solidarity among Baltimore residents.

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was in Baltimore yesterday to meet with Freddie Gray’s family and discuss the federal response to Gray’s murder and the unrest in Baltimore:   

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-gray-loretta-lynch-20150505-story.html#page=2

Here is an interesting discussion of the economic and political forces that have contributed to deepening racial and economic segregation in the US over the past 50 years:

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/02/baltimore-rebellion-is-uprising-against-austerity-freddie-gray

Read Baltimore's alt weekly, City Paper, for on-the-ground dispatches since April 28. Topics include economic impact of the curfew and jail conditions experienced by protesters:

http://www.citypaper.com/news/features/bcpnews-after-the-riots-city-papers-dispatches-from-the-days-after-violence-exploded-in-pennnorth-and-downto-20150505,0,4654777,full.story

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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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