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UHI Community Voices: Changing Narratives and Breaking Generational Norms

KAHLID 1“Compassionate, adventurous, and outgoing.” This is how Kahlid Fowlkes, a 2020 Morehouse College graduate and Baltimore native, describes himself. However, he would not be the same person he is today without the instrumental guidance of the MERIT Health Leadership Academy.

MERIT, the UHI’s 2019 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Awardee, is a program geared towards providing high school students from underrepresented backgrounds with informative classes, college admissions guidance, summer internships, and long-term mentorship beginning in their sophomore year....Read more

2021 Social Determinants of Health Symposium

SDH 2021On May 4th the Urban Health Institute kicked off a four-day virtual Symposium entitled “Building and Restoring Health in Communities: Understanding and Building Partnerships to Advance Health Equity”. The Symposium focused on the impact employment, education, food, and housing have on the health of our communities and the benefits of building partnerships across institutions, government agencies, faith-based groups, and community-based organizations can have on advancing health equity. “We hope this Symposium will help you build stronger partnerships throughout Baltimore” shared Urban Health Institute director, Dr. Lisa Cooper, during her opening remarks....Read more

Inaugural UHI Baltimore Grantee Showcase

On March 29th, the Urban Health Institute (UHI) held the inaugural Baltimore Grantee Showcase. A showcase video (click here to watch) featuring grant recipients dating back to 2007, set the toneimage 2 for the virtual event as attendees for the first time had a chance to see visuals of the work being done across Baltimore at the hand of community-government-university partnerships. Panelists, consisting of individuals representing faith & community-based organizations, Baltimore City agencies, and Hopkins, discussed the impact UHI funding has had on their communities and highlighted the benefits of collaborative multi-sector partnerships. ...Read more

UHI Community Voices:Love, Truth, and Justice: Larry Simmons On Community Leadership

Larry“I think where my focus is right now is love, truth, and justice. You can’t have justice without any of that.”

An Edmonson Village native, Larry Simmons was introduced to advocacy at a young age. He credits his parents’ civic engagement and involvement in the Citizens Democratic Action Organization, led by former Maryland State Senator Larry Young, with his passion for community leadership and organizing today. From working his first job as a group leader at the Harlem Park YMCA, since the age of 21 Larry has been working with Baltimore youth and families to enhance their well-being and create access to resources that advance their quality of life....Read more

Meet Our New Associate Director!

KGMeet our new associate director Dr. Kendrick Gwynn! A Baltimore area native, Dr. Gwynn is a primary care physician at the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Remington practice and is the assistant medical director for the Care, Coding and Revenue Enhancement (C-CARE) Team within the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians. Dr. Gwynn will be working alongside Dr. Rachel Thornton on UHI Goal #3, "Advancing understanding and dialogue by including community voices to build trust and enhance pathways to health, well-being, and social justice in Baltimore". We look forward to the perspectives and ideas he will contribute to our team and mission of advancing health equity across Baltimore...Read more