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Community Forum With Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett: Everything You Should Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines

group shot new"Vaccination is a community service”, shared Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, scientific lead for the Coronavirus Vaccine Team at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) during the community forum we hosted about COVID-19 vaccines in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity, Center for Health Equity, Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Center for Immunization Research, Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative, and Center for Public Health and Human Rights. To hear the full discussion, click below to watch the recording of the event on our YouTube channel, here....Read more

UHI Community Voices:Combating Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic


*Each month we will feature an amazing community advocate or leader that we have the honor of working closely with at the Urban Health Institute. This month we would like to place a spotlight on our 2020 Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Fellow, LaQuida Chancey, the founder and executive director of Smalltimore Homes. ...Read more

2020 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award: The Granny Project

heartsmiles 2Across the United States 6.8 million children under the age of 17 suffer from food insecurity and in Baltimore City around 25% of young people are food insecure.

This year’s Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award recipient the 100th year of Henrietta Lacks legacy and the 10thyear we have awarded a community-university partnership with our $15,000 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award and we couldn’t think of a better program to highlight than the Granny Project, a youth-led response to adolescent food insecurity that was created under a partnership between HeartSmiles and the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health....Read more

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