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A Community-Driven Research Approach to Environmental Health in Baltimore City Public Schools

Arshdeep Kaur and Madison DutsonEvery year the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute provides funding to community-university—graduate, faculty, and undergraduate—partnerships that most successfully demonstrate the potential for advancing the health and well-being of the residents of Baltimore.
In 2017, Arshdeep Kaur and Madison Dutson, at the time undergrad students at Johns Hopkins, and Shane Gordon became recipients of UHI’s Small Grant Award following their participation in our Community-Driven Research Day for their partnership and work with Cool Green Schools in Baltimore City. Below is a blog Arshdeep and Madison wrote about the on-going collaboration. Read the project abstract here....Read more

Meet Zola! UHI 2019 Summer Intern

The UHI is pleased to welcome Zola Purville to our team as our summer intern. Zola will be working closely with our communications and marketing associate on internal and external outreach and creative projects to help further enhance the mission of UHI....Read more

Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute Director to Step Down


After 13 years at the helm, Robert Wm. Blum will officially step down as the director of the Urban Health Institute (UHI) on June 30th. Our program director, Amy Gawad, will assume the role of interim executive director effective July 1. Ms. Gawad joined the UHI as program director in 2006. Prior to that, Amy was at the Institute of Medicine where she worked on a number of consensus reports for the Board on Children, Youth, and Families....Read more

How Communities and People Thrive!

SDH 2019 group photoOn May 13, 2019, the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and Office of the Provost hosted its eighth annual Social Determinants of Health Symposium. This year’s theme was focused on how communities and people thrive. Discussions throughout the day took on a life-course approach by analyzing barriers to, and achievements in, health from infants and children to adults and seniors. ...Read more

4th Annual Latinx Health Conference

David Hates-Bautista
“Diversity without voice leads to bad science” — David Hates-Bautista. On March 19th, community and religious leaders, educators, health professionals, and students gathered at Sacred Heart for the Johns Hopkins Centro SOL’s 4th Annual Latinx Health Conference “Mind Your Health: Community-Centered Solutions to Mental Health Issues”....Read more