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Inaugural Health Equity Training Opportunities Virtual Showcase

showcaseSeptember 23rd we were excited to host our first virtual event! 278 post docs, researchers, students, faculty, and community members from Baltimore and beyond, including Cyprus, Nigeria, and Lao People’s Democratic Republic, tuned in via Zoom, to hear about opportunities for collaboration and partnership from health equity champions across Johns Hopkins. ...Read more

Thank You to Our Associate Directors

As many of you know, the Urban Health Institute is transitioning into a chapter with a new mission and vision for the future. Part of this transition has included changes in leadership among our director and associate directors. Associate directors play a vital role in the work that we do every day. We are excited about welcoming a new leadership team to carry out our mission of advancing health and health equity in Baltimore. At the same time, we truly appreciate the work our associate directors, Dr. Terri Powell and Dr. Richard Lofton, have done to carry out our previous mission of strengthening and supporting university-community collaborations to improve the health and well-being of Baltimore city residents. We will truly miss their involvement in the daily work of UHI, but we look forward to opportunities for future collaboration with them as we move into this new chapter. You can learn a little bit more about Terri and Richard below....Read more

Women in Leadership Positions

saulsOn January 27, a panel of dynamic women gathered to discuss the challenges, opportunities, victories, and lessons they’ve encountered along their journeys and careers in leadership. 

“A manager supports the movement of the ball, a leader directs the direction of the ball”, shared Shanaysha Sauls, president and CEO of Baltimore Community Foundation as she reflected on the lessons she has learned as a leader....Read more

Unsung Hero: Brother Paul

brother PaulIf you walk down the 900 block of Glover Street and Ashland Avenue you might find neighbors, both young and old, playing chess on a human sized chess board painted by local artist Genevia Rogers or families eating together in the Garden of Eden. This is because local community leaders, such as Paul Dixson, known as Brother Paul to most, have been keeping their community together for over 30 years. ...Read more

400 Years Later, The Legacy of Slavery on Health Equity

forumDecember 11, 2019, the Bloomberg School of Public Health hosted a forum to examine the complex history of slavery and its impact on health equity in Baltimore, Maryland and across the United States.

The event was co-hosted by the Center for Health Equity and Urban Health Institute at Johns Hopkins University; Office of Public Health Practice and Training and SOURCE at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and the Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Below is a summary we captured at the event. You can also read Dr. Lisa Cooper's, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, Baltimore Sun op-ed piece about the legacy of slavery on public health here...Read more