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The Urban Health Institute

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The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI) was established in July 2000. It receives core funding and support from virtually all the schools that constitute The Johns Hopkins University. UHI was a principal recommendation of the Urban Health Council, a group of community residents, clergy, local leaders, business representatives, city officials, and faculty, staff, and students from the Johns Hopkins Institutions. Dr. William Brody, president of Johns Hopkins University, had charged the group with exploring ways that the research, teaching, and clinical expertise of the university could be better harnessed for the benefit of the residents of East Baltimore.

UHI operated under the interim directorship of Thomas P. O'Toole, M.D., until June 2001 when Claude Earl Fox, MD, M.P.H. was appointed permanent director. Since its establishment, UHI has engaged permanent and shared staff, established its strategic vision, and initiated and completed projects.

The mission of UHI is to marshal the resources of the Johns Hopkins Institutions as well as other, external resources to improve the health and well-being of the residents of East Baltimore and Baltimore City and to promote evidence-based interventions to solve urban health problems nationwide.


  • Provide Economic Stimulus Through Training and Employment Assistance
  • Strengthen and Enhance Community-Based Research Partnerships
  • Enhance the Infrastructure of the Community
  • Provide 100% Access to Health Care with No Disparities

Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute
111 Market Place, Suite 850
Baltimore, MD 21202-4036