The Baltimore community is our home, and we work to connect more fully with its residents to learn how Hopkins can be the best "neighbor" possible. We offer opportunities to those who want to join our team in the future, as well as providing our health services to the underserved. When health care services are inclusionary, we can equalize the disparities in the level of care received by minorities.
Urban Health Radio Program (UHRP)
In response to JHU School of Medicine’s goals for Diversity and Inclusion 2020, the ODCC has established an Urban Health Radio Program (UHRP), “Breaking It Down: Our Health Our Way,” a one hour news and talk show featured on Baltimore’s WOLB -1010 AM Radio Station. The UHRP is being launched to specifically address two Diversity and Inclusion 2020 goals: 75 percent of our community residents will view John Hopkins Medicine as a trusted partner; and, JHM will address barriers to access and disparities in the quality of care and outcomes of its patients. Learn more about the Urban Health Radio Program.
"Claiming Our Future" - Career Exploration Day
Baltimore City Public School students, parents, and teachers will participate in this highly interactive career exploration day. Participants will learn practical step-by-step strategies for preparing for college and pursuing professional careers in fields such as health care, engineering, research, and business. The program will feature motivational speakers, scientist, laboratory staff, and health care professionals who will engage and inspire participants with straight talk about the keys to building a successful career. Guest presenters will share real-life perspectives on the stumbling blocks as well as stepping stones towards attainable futures. Our primary goal is to touch the lives of 750 or more students through inspirational messages, hands-on practical experiences, direct observation and conversations with established health care professionals.
These forums are designed to address the health needs of the community by inviting physicans, nurses, caregivers and patients to participate in discussions. Guest speakers conduct open discussions to fully engage all participants with goals of creating change in patient care to improve health outcomes. Topics have inlcuded, sickle cell disease- conversation to help reduce the burden, skin cancer in African Americans, Deadliest Disease in American: Identifying and Addressing Racism in Health Care, and ethnic skin and hair - hair loss and scalp diseases among African Americans.
Department of Psychiatry/Diversity Brain Trust Partnership
As a co-convener, the ODCC supports a newly established community-led initiative, an organization called the Diversity Brain Trust. The Brain Trust will raise awareness, increase knowledge, and promote effective research, outreach, and access to mental health and developmental disability services within minority/underserved communities across the state.
Public School Partnerships
Several programs expose Baltimore public school students to the worlds of medicine, research and business—experiences that could lead to careers in these fields.
- A youth mentoring project, BOND TO BOND, fosters connections between city students and Hopkins Hospital professionals.
- Each summer, Hopkins Hospital hires about 120 high school students for jobs across campus.
- Since 2006 city high school students have worked in Hopkins clinics and research labs as part of a paid internship program organized by Justin McArthur and Dana Boatman, professors of neurology.
- The long-running Dunbar High School/Hopkins Partnership increases students’ awareness of health care professions through mentoring, internships, job shadowing, lectures and other activities.
- Achievement Counts Program which was originated by the (MBRT) Maryland
Community Research Advisory Council
Dr. Gibbs is a member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Translational Research Community Research Advisory Council. The purpose of the Council is to help guide the CTR’s research agenda. Goals include: addressing community needs; generating critical insights to improve community participation in clinical trials; elevating knowledge about human protections and helping inform skills and knowledge of researchers who intend to recruit research participants from the community; and generating health education opportunities across the East Baltimore campus with an emphasis on reducing health and health care disparities. The Council consists of a variety of organizations including academic institutions; health and human, social service and community agencies; and the Baltimore Public Schools.
The Black Mental Health Alliance Group
ODCC entered into a partnership and consortium which will work together to carry out the SAMHSA Recovery Community Services Program. The grant proposal, titled “The Phoenix Project,” targets young African American men in Baltimore City who: have a history of substance use or mental illness; are involved in the criminal justice system; are veterans; or are estranged from their families and/or dependent children. The goal of the project is to help men in various stages of recovery to 1) prevent relapse, and 2) to help them progress toward life-long recovery, and ultimately sobriety. The idea of the project is to help African American men “Arise as the Phoenix” from the ashes, and experience healing, hope and change.
Serving the Hispanic Community
A growing roster of clinicians in Hopkins Medicine is reaching out to help Baltimore’s Hispanic immigrant families lead healthier lives—for instance, by providing affordable primary care. Read the related story.