What We Do
Through our programs and events, we aim to strengthen and support collaborations between the Baltimore community and Johns Hopkins through the following four objectives:
These community gatherings use a book club format to encourage discussions about the impact of racial inequities, poverty, trauma, and other issues on life in Baltimore. Students, community members, faculty, and more are encouraged to attend.
The UHI hosts a series of capacity-building workshops for community-based organizations in Baltimore. Topics include grant writing skills, program evaluation, financial management, effective advocacy, and leadership development.
The UHI’s small grant program supports community-university collaborations around research and program development. Grants are awarded to those partnerships that most successfully demonstrate the potential for advancing the health and well-being of the residents of Baltimore.
BNLP cultivates and trains neighborhood-level and community-based leaders to build with them the knowledge, skills, and mentorship to improve health outcomes.
On an annual basis the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, in collaboration with the office of the Provost, convenes a symposium focused on the social determinants of health.
Henrietta Lacks Award
This $15,000 award highlights the importance of community-university collaborations, recognizes the accomplishments which can be achieved by such partnerships, and continues to support the efforts of the partnership.
On a bi-annual basis, the UHI hosts a city-wide research colloquium that is intended to bring together students and faculty from across colleges and universities in Baltimore to highlight existing research which focuses on our city.
Community-Driven Research Day is an annual event that provides an opportunity for community-based organizations and city agencies to have a greater role in the research process.
On a quarterly basis, the Urban Health Institute (UHI) hosts a dinner focused on a research topic that aims to enhance the health and wellbeing of Baltimore communities.