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Jonathan Moore: Making Broadband a Human Right

By Patrick Slavin, UHI Communications Associate

Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Fellow Jonathan Moore is a high-tech entrepreneur and founder of Rowdy Orbit, a for-profit company dedicated to making broadband infrastructure an inclusive human right. The company’s mission is to leverage broadband infrastructure from the ground up in some of Baltimore’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, spurring economic development and community revitalization, and closing our city’s unacceptable digital divide....Read more

The Voltrinas & “Walk With A Doc”

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By Patrick Slavin, UHI Communications Associate

Health equity is not just about improving the quality, accessibility, and affordability of health care. It’s holistic and cross-cutting, Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH argues in her book “Why Are Health Disparities Everyone's Problem?” (Johns Hopkins Wavelengths).

“Not having access to healthy food or effective education, multiple generations living crowded in small houses, having to rely solely on public transportation to travel to essential jobs that pay low wages and offer few benefits, and having less access to health care, both financially and geographically” are some of the reasons for existing health disparities in Baltimore and throughout the world, writes Cooper, Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity....Read more

LaQuida Chancey, Innovative Advocate for the Homeless

LaQuida Chancey, a Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Fellow

By Patrick Slavin, UHI Communications Associate

At the Social Determinants of Health Symposium, the difference makers from Baltimore’s civil society were represented in force, including innovative homeless activist LaQuida Chancey, a Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Fellow.

“I want to be a catalyst of change,” Chancey said during an interview at her East Baltimore home. “I want Smalltimore Homes to be a stepping stone where the people we work with are thriving.”...Read more

2021 Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Fellows Graduate

Bunting 2Wednesday, December 1st the Urban Health Institute celebrated the 2021 cohort of the Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Program graduation! Fellows were joined by family, friends, Bunting alumni, and instructors virtually to commemorate a job well done for completion of the year long program....Read more

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