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Small Grants for Research and Program Development

The UHI Small Grants Program was formed to stimulate and advance community-university collaborations around research and program development.  Grants are awarded to those partnerships between community organizations and Johns Hopkins students or faculty that most successfully demonstrate the potential for advancing the health and well-being of the residents of Baltimore.

The funding levels for each category are:
   •   Undergraduate Student-Community Projects/Research (up to 10 @$3,000 each)
   •   Graduate Student-Community Projects/Research (up to 10 @ $5,000 each)
   •   Faculty-Community Research (6 @ $10,000 each)

In each category, students and faculty are required to partner with a community agency or community leader.

Small grants, big impact
Check out the story in the JHU Gazette about the Small Grants Program and some of our past recipients (published on June 2011)

Click here to learn how to apply for 2016 Small Grants

Past recipients of Small Grants

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2015      Project Abstracts

Undergraduate Student-Community Grants
Equipping Community Leaders to Address Trauma in East Baltimore
Jasmine Kaneshiro, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing BSN student
Leon Purnell, Executive Director, Men and Families Center
Graduate Student-Community Grants
Building Financial Capacity of Homeless Survivors of Domestic Abuse, One FEAT at a Time (FEAT = Financial Education and Training)
Paige Cantlin, Full-Time Graduate, Carey Business School
Jennifer Tan, MPH Alumnus, JHSPH, Founder, Shine Foundation, Inc.
Baltimore’s Emotional Emancipation Arts Initiative
David Olawuyi Fakunle, Pre-doctoral Fellow, Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Kay Lawal-Muhammad & Rashida Forman-Bey, WombWork Productions Inc.
Healing and Empowering Our Youth: A Community-Based Project to Address Trauma Among East Baltimore Youth
Christina Rodriguez-Hart, Graduate Student, JHBSPH
Leon Purnell, Men and Families Center
Advancing the Mental Well-Being of Baltimore through a Trauma-Informed Workforce Development Program
April Joy Damian, PhD Student, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health
Ali Smith, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Holistic Life Foundation, Inc.
An Exploration of Community-Level Influences on Perpetration of Partner Violence
Charvonne Holliday, PhD, MPH, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Community Public Health Department
Latisha Carter, CEO, My Covenant Place
Faculty-Community Grants
Children’s DEPOT Project: Improving Parenting of Young Children in Poverty
Joyce Harrison, M.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Div. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Kenneth Tellerman, M.D., Chair, Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Emotional Health Committee
Best Practices for Trauma-Informed Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in Baltimore
Michelle Kaufman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Aaliyah Muhammad, JD, Office of th eState’s Attorney for Baltimore City
Cultivating a Trauma Sensitive School Environment
Elizabeth Sloand, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Associate Professor and Chair, Acute and Chronic Care Department Johns Hopkins School of Nursing 
Katrina Foster, Principal, Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School
Teen Testimonios
Sarah Polk, MD, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Medical Director, Children’s Medical Practice
Eric Haber, LGSW,Baltimore City Public Schools
Managing Psychological Stress Caused by Community-Level Violence:  Baltimore Latinos Moving from Vulnerability to Empowerment
Marcelo Batkis, MD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Derek Miller and Aida Medina, Gallery Church- Patterson Park

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2013      Project Abstracts

Undergraduate Student-Community Grants
Mi Ayuda: The Mental Health of Young Latinos
Cristina Viguera, Student, School of Arts Sciences
Ms. Gina Baez, Program Director, Mi Espacio
Graduate Student-Community Grants
The Henderson-Hopkins Pedometer Project
Emma Stillman, MSN Candidate, School of Nursing
Katrina Foster, Principal , Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School
“Qualitative evaluation of buprenorphine induction in a recovery program setting”
Namrita Singh, PhD Candidate, School of Public Health
Deborah Agus, Executive Director, Behavioral Health Leadership Institute
Health Care Access Program (H-CAP): Implementing the ACA
Kate Miele, Medical Student, School of Medicine
Jennie Choi, Executive Director, Charm City Clinic
Farm Lab: Urban Biology and Health Literacy Project at REACH! Partnership and Real Food Farm
Emily Gao, MSEd student, School of Education
Molly McCullagh, Education Coordinator, Real Food Farm
Process Evaluation of a Mental Health Screening and Referral Program for Resettled Refugees in Baltimore
Jeremy C. Kane, PhD Student, School of Public Health
Dipti D. Shah, Chief, Office of Immigrant Health, State Refugee Health Coordinator, Office of Immigrant Health, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Safe Streets Baltimore: Technical Assistance for the Transition to a Cost-Effective Violence Prevention Program Model
Nicole Lunardi, Graduate Student, School of Public Health
Lori Toscano, Director, Safe Streets Baltimore
Faculty-Community Grants
Liquor Store to Healthy Store: a Conversion Guide for Baltimore's Non-Conforming Liquor Outlets
Dr. Lawrence J. Cheskin, Associate Professor of Health, Behavior and Society; Director of Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, School of Public Health
Michael Snidal, Director of Community Engagement, Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Inc.
Reducing Cardiovascular Risk Factors in the Urban Environment - WIN (Wellness Initiatives Now)
Phyllis W. Sharps, Associate Dean Community and Global Programs, Professor Dept. of Community Public Health Nursing, School of Nursing
Sarah H. Schlenker, Manager of Resident Services, The Shelter Group at Park View and Ashland Commons
Collaboration with The MOCHA Exchange Network -Men Like Us to assess the needs of mature Black men who have sex with men: focus on social support, mental health and their community engagement
Karin E. Tobin, Associate Scientist, School of Public Health
Carlton Smith, Executive Director, MOCHA Exchange Network - Baltimore Black Pride
“One Block at a Time:” A Qualitative Evaluation of a Feasibility Pilot of a Novel Multi-Level Community Health Workforce Initiative
Chidinma A. Ibe, Assistant Scientist, School of Public Health
Debra Hickman, President/CEO, Sisters Together and Reaching
Developing a Latino Youth Advisory Committee in the Mi Espacio Program
Nanlesta Pilgrim, Assistant Scientist, School of Public Health
Gina Baez, Program Coordinator, Mi Espacio After-School Program at Casa de Maryland
Promoting Active Transportation: A Needs Assessment of the Baltimore Bicycle Community
Keshia Pollack, Associate Professor, School of Public Health
Chris Merriam, Executive Director, Bikemore
A Twelve Step Violence Prevention Intervention for East Baltimore
Adil Haider, Associate Professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Health Policy Management, School of Medicine
Steve Bountress, Vice President, Living Classrooms Foundation
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2012      Project Abstracts

Undergraduate Student-Community Grants
Fit for the Future
Eilzabeth Campbell, Undergraduate student, Arts Sciences
Julia DiBussolo, Program Director, The Club at Collington Square (Episcopal Community Services of Maryland)
Graduate Student-Community Grants
People, Housing, Neighborhoods: Choice and Engaging Residents About Health
Tanyka Sam, Fellow, School of Medicine
Charles Duff, President, Jubilee Baltimore
Development of an interactive, safety-decision aid application (App) for smart phones to help college women and their friends prevent and respond to dating violence
Kelsey J Egbert, Graduate Student MSN/MPH(c), Research Assistant, School of Nursing
Sally Hess, SAFE Domestic Violence Coordinator, Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Food in my neighborhood: A photovoice pilot project
Kate Abowd Johnson, PhD Student, School of Public Health
Bill Tyler, Recreation Bureau Chief, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks
Arts and Community Impact Project
Rebecca Yenawine, Project Leader, School of Education
Zoe Reznick Gewanter, Program Director, New Lens
Preliminary Evaluation of "The Evergreen Project: Redefining Health Care," an Attempt to Create Systematic Change
Nicky Mehtani, Primary Research Coordinator, School of Medicine
Dr. Peter Beilenson, Founder, Evergreen Healthcare Co-operative, Inc.
Faculty-Community Grants
Center for Urban Families: The Impact Story Enhanced
Terrinieka Williams, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
Winston Philip, Business Information Manager, Center for Urban Families
Family history/genetic needs assessment - East Baltimore key informant interview project
Joann Bodurtha MD MPH, Professor, School of Medicine
Elders DuWade and Ivy Moses, Directors, Jesus Stop Restoration Center, Inc
Understanding the Effect of Experiential Outdoor Education on Urban Youth
Peter John Winch, Professor, Department of International Health, School of Public Health
Liz Millhollen, Program Coordinator, Outward Bound Baltimore Chesapeake Bay
Baltimore City High School Vocational Education Program
Dr. Phyllis P McDonald, Associate Professor, School of Education
Kristina Kyles, Principal, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
No Room for Bullying
Joan Kub, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Nicole Johnson, Director, Elev8
Developing an Assessment Tool for Tracking Progress among IMP Students
Kristin Mmari, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
Tong Zhang, CFO, Incentive Mentoring Program (IMP)
Understanding the relationship of social networks and obesity among urban public housing residents
Kimberly Gudzune, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Kylla Williams, Associate Deputy Director, Office of Resident Services, Housing Authority of Baltimore City
A Process Program Evaluation: Supporting Boys of Color.....Moving to the next LEVEL!
Yolanda Abel, Assistant Professor, School of Education
A. Alexander Dorsey-Ball, Director, PRAISE College Readiness Program
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2011      Project Abstracts

Undergraduate Student-Community Grants
Community Service Farming: Bridging the Food Gap for Baltimore City Youth
Alexandra Hittman, Undergraduate, School of Arts and Sciences
Zizwe Allette, Literacy Instructor, YO! Eastside Center (HEBCAC)
People for People's: Supporting the Health and Well-Being of Baltimore
Cynthia Idada, Undergraduate, School of Arts and Sciences
Lelin Chao, Chief Medical Officer, People's Community Health Centers, Inc.
Amazing Grace Community Kitchen
Daniel Borota, Undergraduate, School of Arts and Sciences
Morgan Blizzard, Food Ministry Coordinator, Amazing Grace Lutheran Church
Juntos (Together) – Latino HIV+ Peer Support Group
Megan Buresh, Medical Student, School of Medicine
Alfredo Santiago, Juntos Support Group Facilitator (Social Worker, Department of Social Services), Community Member
Graduate Student-Community Grants
Addressing Food Insecurity in Reservoir Hill, Baltimore
Alishea Galvin, Graduate Student, School of Public Health
Thor Nelson, President, Whitelock Community Farm
Family Health and Fitness Club
Anne Hendrick, Graduate Student, School of Education
Elizabeth Obara Piedramartel, Community School Coordinator, Patterson Park Public Charter School
Truth about Medical Imaging – Addressing Distrust and Promoting Diagnostic Imaging within the Baltimore Community
Carmen Kut, Doctoral Student, School of Medicine
Debbie Rock, Executive Director, LIGHT Health and Wellness Comprehensive Services Inc (LIGHT)
Charm City Clinic: Connecting the Underserved and Uninsured Residents of East Baltimore to Sustainable, Affordable Health Care Services
Claire Sampankanpanich, Medical Student, School of Medicine
Andrew Gaddis, Executive Director, Charm City Clinic
The Pedagogy of Empowerment: Promoting HIV Prevention and Status Awareness among Young Adults in Baltimore City
Emeline Mugisha, Graduate Student, School of Public Health
Ashley Rock, Program Director of Clinical Services, JACQUES Initiative
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Jeffrey Duong, Doctoral Student, School of Public Health
Carol Berman, Director; Founder, Heart's Place Homeless Shelter
Discovering Me: Partnering with Young Men Charged as Adults to Create Self-Worth and Positive Self-Image!
Marcus Seldin, Graduate Student, School of Medicine
Jessica Turral, Executive Director, Hand In Hand Baltimore
A Sexual-Abuse Awareness Program, Using Puppetry, for Middle-School Students
Maya Nadison, Doctoral Student, School of Public Health
Adam Rosenberg, Executive Director, Baltimore Child Abuse Center
Expanding MInDS in Biology: A High School Outreach Program
Rosa Miyares, Graduate Student, School of Arts and Sciences
Krista Porter-Viel, Biology Teacher, Baltimore Talent Development High School
Understanding the Life Priorities and Needs of Women Recovering from Addiction
Sabriya L. Linton, Graduate Student, School of Public Health
Vaile Leonard, Founder/CEO, The Light of Truth Center,Inc
Catch: Community Based Adolescent Testing For Chlamydia: Using Lessons Learned to Pilot New Strategies for the Delivery of Reproductive Health Services to Community Supervised Juvenile Justice Youth
Stephanie Witt, Doctoral Student, School of Public Health
Jessica Burns, Nursing Program Consultant, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services
Improving HIV Preventative and Testing Services to Heterosexual-identifying Migrant Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men
Suzanne Grieb, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Public Health
Joyce Jones, Co-Medical Director, Latino Outreach Program, Baltimore City Health Department
Faculty-Community Grants
Effects of Crisis Response Services on Inpatient and ED Use Among Child and Adolescent Medicaid Enrollees in Baltimore City
Colleen L. Barry, Associate Professor, School of Public Health
Penelope Power, BCARS Program Director, Catholic Charities
Behavioral Health Intervention by Paraprofessionals in the Baltimore African American Faith-Based Community
Courtney Keeton, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Vanessa Booth, Pastor, Lamb of Life Baptist Church
Using Baltimore HIV Behavioral Surveillance Data for New Local HIV Prevention Planning
Danielle German, Assistant Scientist, School of Public Health
Colin Flynn, Chief, Center for HIV Surveillance and Epidemiology, Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygeine
Understanding Urban Gardeners’ Perceptions of Risk from Soil Contamination: Identifying and Sharing Resources to Mitigate Contaminant Exposure
Keeve Nachman, Assistant Scientist, School of Public Health
Katie Dix, CGRN Coordinator, Community Greening Resource Network (CGRN), Parks and People Foundation
Reducing Crime through TransForm Baltimore’s Comprehensive Rezoning: The Public Health Case for Addressing Nonconforming Liquor Stores
Rachel Johnson Thornton, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Laurie Feinberg, Division Chief, Comprehensive Planning, Baltimore City Department of Planning
Baltimore Men's Health Assessment Project
Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., Assistant Scientist, School of Public Health
Ryan Petteway, Social Epidemiologist, Baltimore City Health Department
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2010      Project Abstracts

Undergraduate Student-Community Grants
Sail-Ability Program at the Downtown Sailing Center
Theresa Marshall, Undergraduate, Business Management
Peter Hegel, Deputy Director for Outreach, Downtown Sailing Center
Ebony Vaughan, Program Manager, MENTOR Maryland
Health Literacy Initiative Days
Eruejerien Okoh, Undergraduate, Peabody Institute
Jeanette Seaman, Greater Homewood Corporation
Unrealized Potential: Preparing East Baltimore Youth for Sustainable Careers in Science, Engineering and Medicine
Aaron Chance, Undergraduate, Department of Neuroscience & Bioethics
Aubrey Jordan, Undergraduate, Department of Psychology
Valencia Warnock, Site Director, The Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center
Graduate Student-Community Grants
Volunteer Stress and Burnout in ExperienceCorps Baltimore
Vijay Varma, Graduate Student, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Sylvia McGill, Director, ExperienceCorps
Acculturation and Migration as a Risk Factor for HIV Among Latinos in Baltimore
Nadine Chen, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Division of General Internal Medicine
Kathleen Page, Latino HIV Outreach Program Director, Baltimore City Health Department
Recovering a Sense of Place: Environment and Community in Treatment (ReSPECT) for Addiction
Joshua Garoon, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Health Behavior and Society
Peter Bruun, Director, Art on Purpose
Transitioning to Independence: Assessing the ReEntry Environment for Young Adult Former Prisoners
Eva Moore, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Reverend Horace Smith, President/Executive Director, Group Ministries, Inc.
Characterizing the Need for Mental Health Services in Baltimore Youth
Brad Sutton, Clinical Fellow, Division of Cardiology
Susan Tibbels, Principal, New Song Academy
Improving HIV Preventive Services in Baltimore through Geospatial Analyses
Adam Milam, Graduate Student, Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Reverend Debra Hickman, President, Sister’s Together and Reaching (STAR)
Faculty-Community Grants
Neighborhood Characteristics and Stress During Pregnancy: A Community Perspective in Baltimore
Cynthia Minkovitz, Professor, Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health
Maxine Reed Vance, Director of Quality Assurance and Clinical Affairs, Baltimore City Health Start
Finding Our Wings Community Documentary Program
Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, Instructor, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander, Director, Finding Our Wings
Passport to Health: Taking Charge of your Health; Empowering Intimate Partner Violence Survivors to Become their own Health Advocates
Patty Wilson, Faculty, Department of Community-Public Health Nursing
Janice Miller, Residential Services Director, House of Ruth Maryland
Birth Companions Services for New Refugees: Partnering with the International Rescue Committee
Elizabeth T. Jordan, Assistant Professor, Community Public Health Nursing
Erica DelViscio, Senior Manager, Organization International Rescue Committee

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2009      Project Abstracts

Student-Community Grants
Self-made Families: Gangs and Latino Youth in East Baltimore
Precious Ann Ventura Fortes, undergraduate student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Community Partner: Gina Baez, Mi Espacio After-School Program
The Family Employment and Support Program (FESP) Men’s Group
Janet Glover-Kerkvliet, graduate student, School of Education
Community Partner: Cheryl J. Harris, Circuit Court for Baltimore County
Reverse the Trend ™: Healthy Trendsetters Movement
Chandra L. Jackson, PhD candidate, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Community Partner: Shawn McIntosh, American Diabetes Association
Public Education Partnerships
Luigi LaPietra, undergraduate student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Community Partner: Matthew Wernsdorfer, Baltimore Civitas School
Joy Wellness Center
Lakha Mathewkutty, graduate student, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Community Partner: Jack VandenHengel, Shepherd’s Clinic
From Promise to Practice: Keys to Successful Implementation of Street Outreach for Youth Violence Prevention
Jennifer Mendel, PhD candidate, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Community Partner: Leon Faruq, Safe Streets East
Trajectories of Mental Health Treatment among African American Men in Impoverished Areas of Baltimore City
Anne Sawyer, PhD candidate, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Community Partner: Deborah Agus, Mental Health Policy Institute for Leadership and Training
City Scholars: Self-Discovery Through Adventure: Leadership Training for Baltimore Boys
Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu, graduate student, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Community Partner: Valencia Warnock, Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center
Faculty-Community Grants
Data Driven Urban Health Initiatives
C. Debra Furr-Holden, assistant professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Community Partner: Jeanetta Churchill, The Family League of Baltimore City
More on this project . . .
Data Driven Capacity Building for the Baltimore City Fire Department
Andrea Gielen, professor and director, Center for Injury, Research and Policy, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Community Partner: Raymond O’Brocki,, Baltimore City Fire Department
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Improving the Food Environment in Baltimore City Recreation Centers
Joel Gittelsohn, associate professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Community Partner: Steve Vassor, Baltimore City Recreation Bureau
Evaluation of an Interactive Safety Decision Aid for Victims of Domestic Violence
Nancy Glass, associate professor, School of Nursing
Community Partner: Terri Wurnser, House of Ruth
Faculty-Community Course Development
Health and Well-Being in Baltimore: A Public Health Perspective
Philip Leaf, professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Community Partner: Grady Dale, Jr., The American Institute for Urban Psychological Studies, Inc.

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2008      Project Abstracts

Student-Community Grants
Understanding the Younger Face of Homelessness: Baltimore’s Homeless Youth
Vignetta Eugenia Charles, PhD candidate, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Community Partner: Ross Pologe, Fellowship of Lights Youth and Community Services
More on this project . . .
Computer Classes for the Homeless
Jenna Colagiacomi, undergraduate student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Community Partner: Mary Slicher, Project PLASE
More on this project . . .
FAITH! (Fostering African American Improvement in Total Health) Nutrition Education Program
LaPrincess Brewer, graduate student, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Community Partner: Rev. Michael Palmer, New Friendship Baptist Church
More on this project . . .
Hopkins4Playgrounds @ Barclay
Birju Patel, undergraduate student, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Community Partner: Andre Humphrey, Reaching the Unreachable Outreach Ministries
More on this project . . .
Faculty-Community Grants
South Baltimore Community Cancer Profile
Mary A. Fox, assistant professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
Community Partner: Joshua Sharfstein, commissioner of health, Baltimore City
More on this project . . .
Augmenting the 2009 Census of Homeless
Nan Astone, associate professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Community Partner: Ross Pologe, Fellowship of Lights Youth and Community Services
More in this project . . .
Faculty-Community Course Development
Medical Student Elective: Healthcare Issues for Homeless Children
Kathleen Schwarz, professor of pediatrics, School of Medicine
Community Partner: Allison Stewart-Hammerer, HEBCAC
More on this project . . .
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