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Community Outreach

We are committed to engaging with our community.

We participate in public forums where we educate community members about chronic disease risk factors and research methods and results, including how to become involved and contribute to research. We provide health education, nutritional counseling, and blood pressure screenings at local health fairs and block parties. We speak on radio talk shows about our research and how community members can use the results to improve their own health. We partner with community-based organizations on programs to raise awareness of the importance of prevention and treatment of chronic disease. We also work in partnership with community-based organizations on training community health workers and lay health advocates. 

How does racism influence our health care systems?

The health care system is tough, especially for black women. Minnesota Public Radio News guest host Catherine Richert talked to two experts [including Dr. Lisa Cooper - Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University] about disparities in the American health care system, especially as related to African American women. You can listen to their conversation here

American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation Forum

On October 09, 2018, Dr. Lisa Cooper presented on trust in the health care system within racially and culturally diverse communities at the 2018 ABIM Foundation Forum.


Healing the Divide: An Atlantic Forum on Health Equity

On June 13, 2018, Johns Hopkins University and AtlanticLIVE co-hosted Healing the Divide: An Atlantic Forum on Health Equity, a forum that examined Baltimore’s health disparities and solutions for building a more equitable public health environment. The forum convened community leaders, policy makers, and public health experts for a series of conversations on public health through the lens of nutrition, housing, and healthcare access. Our Center director Dr. Lisa Cooper spoke on the Health Care for All panel about healthcare access and shared some of the Center’s efforts to build trust among community members by working alongside them as equal partners in research, education, and advocacy efforts.

8th Annual Henrietta Lacks Symposium

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research hosted the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture on October 7, 2017. In her keynote address entitled “Reaching for Health Equity and Social Justice in Baltimore,” Center director Dr. Lisa Cooper highlighted the differences that African-Americans living in impoverished sections of Baltimore experience when it comes to health. She emphasized the importance of tackling social conditions of poverty in order to address health disparities and shared valuable lessons learned from the community-engaged research and partnerships developed by the Center’s Community Advisory Board.
Watch the lecture here.

Southern Baptist Church Heart Health Month 2016

In February 2016, the Center worked with Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center's Healthy Community Partnership Program and Southern Baptist Church in East Baltimore to create a video interview to address common questions about heart disease for Southern Baptist Church’s program for Heart Health Month.Watch the interview below.

Communities, Social Justice, and Academic Medicine

In November 2015, the Center partnered with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the University of Maryland to hold a special session at the AAMC Annual Meeting in Baltimore. This session, entitled “Communities, Social Justice and Academic Medicine”, incorporated community perspectives on how academic medical centers can impact social injustice and effectively partner with communities to address social determinants of health through their research, clinical and education missions.