School of Nursing in East Baltimore
While I agree with the ideas of Earl Fox (director, Urban Health Institute)
on how to relate to people in poverty (Letters, May), I was greatly
disappointed that he did not mention the School of Nursing when he referred
to the "other organized efforts at Hopkins" now working to
improve the health and well-being of the residents of East Baltimore.
For years now, the School of Nursing has been operating a comprehensive
Community Outreach Program that can serve as an academic model for institutions
of higher learning. In fact, the School of Nursing has been working
to improve the health of East Baltimore residents since the turn of
the century. Our students are eager to work in the community, and we
provide them with plenty of opportunities to do so. That is why it was
disappointing to read that "other organized efforts at Hopkins
include interaction groups within medicine and public health that offer
opportunities for students to get involved." I wish he had included
Director of Communications
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
I was remiss in not mentioning the longstanding activities
by the School of Nursing that through local sites such as the Wald clinics
provide an array of very important services to the East Baltimore community.
Also, the first-year class of medical students has been working with
the Urban Health Institute this year to provide testing and counseling
for HIV to East Baltimore residents through the Men's Center. Approximately
25 medical students committed the time to become certified by the state
to do testing and counseling and have volunteered time each evening
Monday through Friday in this community setting.
Both groups are to be commended for their interest and commitment to
the needs literally on our doorstep.
Claude Earl Fox, M.D.
Director, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute