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The Office of the Provost and the Urban Health Institute Announce the Fourth Annual Symposium on the Social Determinants of Health 

2015 Social Determinants of Health Summary Report Available

A summary of the discussions from “Healing Together: Community-Level Trauma—Its Causes, Consequences and Solutions” is now available - click here to download. National and local experts who spoke at the 2015 Social Determinants of Health Symposium share challenges, lessons learned and success stories. 


Recent research indicates that half of Baltimore’s residents are traumatized as children and that the consequences of that trauma on both physical and mental health can be lifelong if left untreated. Our fourth annual Social Determinants of Health symposium, “Healing Together: Community-Level Trauma-- Its Causes, Consequences and Solutions,” on April 20th, 2015 brought together experts from Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, and cities across the country, along with local community leaders, to examine the impact of chronic exposure to trauma and stress. The goal of this full-day program was to provide education and opportunities for partnerships to make Baltimore a more “trauma-informed” city.

The symposium featured panels of leading researchers and practitioners with expertise in trauma, who will share evidence-based strategies and innovative practices that decrease the effects of chronic exposure to stress and trauma on individual and community health.  Case studies from several US cities were shared as we compared and contrasted their experiences with those in Baltimore’s communities.

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Symposium speakers included:

Jonathan Kozol
Winner of the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Author of Fire In the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among The Poorest Children in America

Ivan Juzang
Founder and President, MEE Productions

Susan Cole
Harvard University Lecturer and Founding Director of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative

Steven Berkowitz
University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor and Director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery

James Garbarino
Senior Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago


Presented by the Office of the Provost and the Urban Health Institute, the Social Deerminants of Health symposium annually invites faculty, administrators, and students from Baltimore’s colleges and universities to join this important discussion with local community-based organizations, city agencies, engaged community residents, service professionals, and community leaders.

1 in 10 children in Baltimore have experienced violence in their neighborhood.. more than half have sustained significant trauma.

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