“We all work here, and some on the committee grew up in this area. As neuroscientists, we may have some insights into how environment can affect people's destinies and lives.” –
-Amanda Brown, Chair of the Neuroscience Community Innovation Council
To help strengthen Baltimore City communities, Johns Hopkins is devoting resources, energy, caring and innovation to our neighbors through initiatives such as HopkinsLocal.
Individual faculty and staff members in the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neurosciences are also dedicated to connecting and contributing to the city. In that spirit, the Neuroscience Community Innovation Council was initiated by neurologist Amanda Brown in 2015.
This volunteer group is made up of physicians, administrators and community activists. Together, they form programs that bring neurological services into the community, support local students and residents, and inspire interest in employment at Johns Hopkins.
How We Help
The Neuroscience Community Innovation Council has three sub-committees led by a varied group of neurology professionals.
Community Innovation Council
These volunteers promote optimal communication skills, effective interaction and cultural competency in Johns Hopkins neurology units.
Community Outreach and Education Alliance
This subcommittee works with neighborhood activists to promote free education in neurologic disease prevention and in navigating the health insurance system, services for the homeless and an adopt-a-class program.
The group mentors elementary school students and provides training experiences to inspire local youth to consider careers in neuroscience, nursing and clinical administration at Johns Hopkins.
Leaders in neuroscience ensure Johns Hopkins’ prominence in the conversation of how to transform nearby neighborhoods and their relationship with our hospital.
Each month, a neurologist spends an hour at the Northeast Market to meet neighbors and discuss various common neurological illnesses, risk factors and testing. Topics include dementia, headache, multiple sclerosis, stroke, sleep disorders, back pain and neuromuscular disease.
The group provides resources for youth, including 70 fully stocked backpacks for young students in the Penn-North neighborhood. The sub-committee participated in the 2015 Sandtown Community Fair.
Adopt-a-Class and Adopt-a-School
Volunteer visitors help students in local schools learn about what it takes to pursue career opportunities at The Johns Hopkins Hospital straight from the professionals who work there.
Homeless Connect and United Way
Committee members spend whole and half days helping homeless neighbors connect with social services and participating in Johns Hopkins’ United Way fundraising, Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-an-Elder programs.
Baltimore Ravens Gameday Event at JHH Promotes Community Connections
The Baltimore Ravens vs. the Kansas City Chiefs gameday watch party on Dec. 9 was a party with purpose. The event connected staff and volunteers from Thread, a Baltimore-based nonprofit, with community members and Johns Hopkins Medicine leadership, clinical and non-clinical staff, and their families.