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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

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

Through the Eyes of a UHI Intern: #SDH2014

“While serious violence plagues our city, mass incarceration has done little to make it safer. Rather, it has impoverished our citizens, impacted the children’s mental health and limited our economic growth.”--Dr. Robert Blum, Director of the Urban Health Institute.

Waking up on Monday, April 28, 2014, I knew that it was going to be a hectic but exciting day. I arrived at Turner Auditorium around 8:00 AM to set up for the Third Annual Social Determinants of Health Symposium, “Squandered Resources: Incarceration—Its Consequences, Costs and Alternatives”....Read more