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Eight 2024 Baltimore Health Equity Impact Grant Recipients Awarded


The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute is delighted to announce the 2024 Baltimore Health Impact Grant recipients!  

Eight recipients received funding to support their efforts to advance health equity in Baltimore. See below for the list of 2024 recipients. Projects range from outdoor learning opportunities to bringing music to the unhoused to increasing youth fitness and well-being.  


Graduate Student – Community Grants 

1. Exploring Teacher Buy-In of School-Based Outdoor Learning 

Student Partner: Lisa Nehring, PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins University School of Education 
Community Partner: Laura Genello, Farm to School Specialist Baltimore City Public Schools - Food & Nutrition Services 

2. Partnerships in Equity, Advocacy, and Community in East Baltimore (PEACE) 

Student Partner: Sydney Wade, Nurse Clinician, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions 
Community Partner:  Cynthia Gross, President of the C.A.R.E Community Association, Inc. 


Undergraduate Student – Community Grants  

1. Peabody at the Shelter 

Student Partner: Taylor Wang, Student, Peabody. Institute of the Johns Hopkins University 
Community Partner: Cris Flack, Grant Coordinator, Helping Up Mission  


Faculty – Community Grants 

1. Fostering Durable Well-Being Among Under-Served Baltimore Residents via an Interactive, Longitudinal, In-Person Wellness Program 

Faculty Partner: Debraj Mukherjee, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center 

Community Partner: Yale Partlow, Maryland Community Engagement Center  

2. Fostering Health Equity in Youth: A Community-led Implementation of the Stay Active Program for Children and Youth 

Faculty Partner: Nada Lukkahatai, PhD, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing  
Community Partner: Tina Brown, Clinical Research Consultant/Co-PI, Health and Fitness Coach at Divine Fitness 

3. Integrative Health and Healing in Southwest Baltimore: A Pilot Program 

Faculty Partner: Lan Angela Li, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 
Community Partner: Edna Manns-Lake, Founder, Fayette Street Outreach 

4. Understanding Overdose Prevention Sites in Baltimore Harm Reduction Programming 

Faculty Partner: Susan Sherman, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
Community Partner: Anne Langley, Executive Director, Charm City Care Connection 

5. Wellness for the Whole Black Girl Safety Promotion Intervention 

Student Partner: Dr. Kamila Alexander, PhD, MSN/MPH, BSN, BS, RN, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing 
Community Partner: Nazaahah Amin, Co-Founder and Program Director, Bmore Empowered 

Click here to learn more about the winners and their projects. 


“What resonates most with me is that many people perish for lack of knowledge about the importance of exercise and healthy lifestyle choices in preventing, treating and better managing chronic diseases,” said grant recipient, Tina Brown. “Baltimore Health Equity Impact Grant will allow me the opportunity to share important knowledge, information, and front-end solutions to prevent chronic diseases and instill healthy lifestyle choices in children and youth at an earlier age and stage of life that will impact their future lifestyle choices in a way that will reduce and eventually eliminate health disparities in minorities.”   

The Urban Health Institute funds the Baltimore Health Equity Impact Grants to offer a unique opportunity for Johns Hopkins students and faculty members to collaborate with Baltimore community organizations and agencies. This grant recognizes and rewards projects that demonstrate the greatest potential for improving health outcomes and addressing the health inequities faced by the residents of Baltimore. 

“The Baltimore Health Equity Impact Grants aim to address the root causes of health disparities and promote health equity in Baltimore,” said UHI director Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH.  “By strengthening community-academic research partnerships on programs to address the social determinants of health, these grants enable recipients to make a lasting impact on the loves of Baltimore residents.” 

Applications for the 2025 Baltimore Health Equity Impact Grant opens later this year. We highly recommend subscribing to our monthly newsletter so that you can stay updated with the latest information about the grant application process, upcoming deadlines, and any important announcements.