UHI Twice Weekly Newsletter

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UHI Events and Announcements

WHAT: Call for Applicants: UHI Associate Directors

WHEN: Deadline to submit an application is 5:00 pm on Friday, May 15th
MORE INFO: Visit https://urbanhealth.jhu.edu/about/our-team/AssociateDirectors/CallforAD.html to learn more and apply

Are you a Johns Hopkins faculty member that is passionate about advancing health and health equity across Baltimore and strengthening community-university collaborations? If so, consider applying to become a UHI associate director. Associate directors play a vital role on our team by providing strategic and operational leadership for many of our programs and initiatives.

WHAT: Bunting Fellow Spotlight: Providing Free Community Wifi Amid COVID-19

MORE INFO: Read the press release at bit.ly/CommunitWifiPress

Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Fellows, Jonathan Moore ’18 and Juan Nance ’19, have teamed up to install a free Community Wifi Mesh Network (hotspot) around New Song Academy in Sandtown-Winchester in an effort to close the equity gap residents are facing amid COVID-19.

WHAT: COVID-19 Resources and Updates Website

MORE INFO: Visit our website to learn about the novel coronavirus, resources available, and ongoing updates from across Baltimore and the State of Maryland.

On our website you can find COVID-19 resources and updates across Baltimore City and the state of Maryland that we hope can be of use to you and your network as we navigate through this pandemic together. We are updating this page regularly as new resources and news become available.

If there is anything the Urban Health Institute can do in support of you or someone you know, if there are additional resources you think might be worth sharing, or if you have questions about the novel coronavirus/wish to set up a virtual meeting with public health or medical experts, please email us at urbanhealth@jhu.edu.

COVID-19 Resources and Updates

WHAT: Baltimore Seniors Town Hall

WHEN: Today, May 7, noon–1:00 pm
WHERE: To participate, call: (888) 651-5908, Participant code: 8727752. One tap mobile +18886515908,,8727752#.
MORE INFO: To download and share the flyer, click here

Join a COVID-19 conversation with expert physicians from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine: Dr. W. Dan Hale, special advisor of the President Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, assistant professor in the department of medicine, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Dr. Jonathan Zenilman, chief of infectious deceases and professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. 

Presented in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, Mayor’s Office of Children and Families, Johns Hopkins University, and Johns Hopkins Health System.

WHAT: Teacher Wellness Town Hall in English/Spanish

WHEN: Tonight, May 7, 6:00–7:00 pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom, Meeting ID 910 4643 2169, password 020053 or click here
MORE INFO: For a flyer in English, click here; for a flyer in Spanish click here

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, join the discussion about wellness and self-care with wellness educators from Baltimore City Public Schools and experts from Johns Hopkins School of Education. Moderated by Patrice Sanders, WBFF Fox45 Morning News. 

Presented in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, Mayor’s Office of Children and Families, Johns Hopkins University, and Johns Hopkins Health System.

WHAT: Essence Wellness House Virtual Summit: At War with COVID-19 and Health Inequities

WHEN: Tomorrow, May 8, 9:25 – 9:55 am 
MORE INFO: Register at essence.com/wellnesshouse

Join Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and Center for Health Equity director, Dr. Lisa Cooper, at the Essence Wellness House Virtual Summit where she will discuss the fight against healthcare inequities and how to defend yourself amid COVID-19.

WHAT: COVID-19 Food Stability Fund – Apply by Tomorrow, May 8

WHEN: Apply by tomorrow, Friday May 8
MORE INFO: Please visit the website https://ffee.org/covid-19-food-stability-fund-rfp

Community organizations can apply for small grants up to $15,000 to meet the food needs of children, families, and older adults in high-needs neighborhoods. Specifically, immigrant youth and seniors, senior building residents, opportunity youth (age 16 – 24 years old), LGBTQ youth, and youth experiencing homelessness.

WHAT: Community Conversations – Impact of COVID-19 in Prisons & Jails

WHEN: May 9, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom
MORE INFO: RSVP in advance https://forms.gle/B9LisH487gXJ7cME9. Contact Tenaj Moody for questions, Tenaj@FromPrisonCellsToPhd.org

The Prison-to-Professionals invites you to join their community conversations on the impact of COVID-19 on people and families impacted by the criminal legal system. All are welcome to join.

WHAT: Baltimore Youth Open Mic Poetry Night with Gift Card Prizes

WHEN: May 9, 6:00-8:00 pm
WHERE: Hosted by Lady Brion on Instagram Live @ladyspeaks. 
MORE INFO: You can sign-up to perform before or during the event at jhconnects@jhu.edu. Follow and use hashtags #DewMoreInTheHouse #WeAreinThisTogether #HopkinsConnects

Eligible to all students age 19 and under. A poem must be original, no props (example: pointing to your watch while talking about time is considered a prop), no musical accompaniment, and no profanity. Each poet will have 3 minutes and 30 seconds to perform their poem. Order of performance will be determined randomly at the beginning of the slam.

Presented in partnership with DewMore Baltimore, Baltimore City Health Department, Mayor’s Office of Children and Families, Johns Hopkins University, and Johns Hopkins Health System.

WHAT: COVID-19: The Impact on Communities of Color Prep Call

WHEN: May 15, noon–1:00 pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom
MORE INFO: RSVP in advance bit.ly/covidandrace

Join the American Heart Association in a webinar series to discuss the impact of COVID-19 in communities of color. 

The webinar features the following top health equity leaders:

  • Atif Bostic, Executive Director, Uplift Solutions
  • Dr. Lisa Cooper, Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and the Center for Health Equity
  • Gerald E. Johnson, II, EVP, Health Equity and Chief Diversity Officer, American Heart Association
  • Dr. Reginald L. Robinson, Cardiologist, Anne Arundel Medical Center, GWU Hospital, Washington Hospital Center
  • Dr. Keith B. Churchwell, EVP and COO, Yale New Haven Hospital; Assoc. Clinical Prof. of Cardiovascular Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
  • Moderator: Tanya Odom, Global Consultant, Executive Coach, Tanya M. Odom Coaching & Consulting

WHAT: Healthy Community Partnership and Medicine for the Greater Good at Johns Hopkins Bayview COVID-19 Update Calls

WHENMondays at 3:00 pm and Fridays at 11:00 am.
MORE INFO: Please e-mail questions to MGG@jhmi.edu. If you would like to be added to the communication list, you may email Kimberly Monson kmonson1@jhmi.edu.

These calls are COVID-19 updates for community members and take place on Mondays at 3:00 pm and Fridays at 11:00 am. To participate, call: (888) 651-5908, Participant code: 3569812. One tap mobile +18886515908,,3569812#. On Friday, May 8, Dr. Matthew McNabney, Medical Director of Hopkins ElderPlus, will provide his insight into how individuals who live and work in nursing homes are being protected.

You can listen to the recordings from the most recent meetings:

  • May 4, safe and effective approaches businesses can take to prepare for reopening when allowed to do so: call toll-free 877-471-6587, replay ID 731117967012#. One tap mobile +18774716587,,731117967012#
  • May 1, what individuals and their families can expect after they have been discharged from the hospital and are recovering from COVID-19 at home: call toll-free 877-471-6587, replay ID 731117967011#. One tap mobile +18774716587,,731117967011#

Friends of the UHI Announcements

WHAT: Workshop — Exploring Uncertainty Together, Apart

WHEN: May 13 and May 27, 6:30–8:00 pm 
WHERE: Virtual
MORE INFO: There is a registration fee. For more information and to register, please visit the website.

This is a two-part virtual workshop to explore how uncertainty impacts us personally and professionally. Objectives:

  • Participants will increase their confidence in facing uncertainty in various realms of their lives.
  • Participants will experience an interactive community setting through which they can explore the challenges of living with the unknown and discover ways to embrace that challenge.
  • Participants will leave with tools and take-aways for embracing uncertainty now and in the future.

WHAT: Workshop — Bias Uncovered

WHEN: May 18, 12:00–1:30 pm and June 4, 9:00–10:30 am
WHERE: Virtual
MORE INFO: There is a registration fee. For more information and to register, please visit the website.

Everyone has biases. The good news is we can actively increase our biases by becoming more aware of them. Learning objectives:

  • Recognize when unconscious bias occurs and why it’s important to understand.
  • Explore how unconscious bias has a negative effect in an organizational context.
  • Identify three strategies to counteract potential unconscious bias.

WHAT: Workshop — Exploring Uncertainty for Forward Thinking Leaders

WHEN: June 18, 9:30–11:30 am 
WHERE: Virtual
MORE INFO: There is a registration fee. For more information and to register, please visit the website.

A virtual workshop for forward-thinking leaders to explore uncertainty in their work with peers and leave with practical tools. Participants will:

  • Reflect on their experiences with uncertainty, particularly during global pandemic, and understand how other forward-thinking leaders are grappling with these challenges
  • Examine how transparency, clear communication, and trust-building can be built and integrated among teams and organizations/businesses
  • Leave with concrete tools for fair process, an approach that fosters a culture of inclusion and engagement around tough decisions, especially in times of significant uncertainty

WHAT: Complete 2020 Census

MORE INFO: Learn more and fill about the 2020 census and the #Bmorecensuschallenge at https://census2020.baltimorecity.gov. To fill out the 2020 census visit https://my2020census.gov

Join the #Bmorecensuschallenge by partaking in the 2020 census. Every 10 years, the United States counts everyone who lives in the country. It is important for everyone to respond to the 2020 Census so that communities can receive the funding they need for health care, accessibility services, and more.

WHAT: Be Safe Community App

MORE INFO: Please visit the website www.besafe.community

Be Safe Community App is an app that offers remote supervision for those at risk of accidental overdose. No personal information is needed to use. Available on Android and Apple devices.

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

WHAT: Service Coordinator Positions Open with The Choice Program at UMBC

WHERE: Baltimore and Prince George’s County
MORE INFO: Learn More at www.choiceprograms.org. Apply here.

The Choice Program at UMBC is on the search for TWO Service Coordinators! Lead a team of AmeriCorps Members serving youth and families in Maryland. Two positions are available: one located in Baltimore City and one located in Prince George’s County. Instagram @ChoiceVoices

WHAT: From Prison Cells to PhD, Volunteer Opportunities

WHENASAP, 1–2 hours a week
WHERE: Remote or in-person
MORE INFO: Visit the website for the full list of volunteer opportunities.

The goal of the Prison-to-Professionals (P2P) program is to help people with criminal convictions obtain a college education. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Tutor: 1-2 hours per week via phone or in person with our scholars assisting in college course work/prep.
  • Mentor: 1-2 hours per week via phone or in person with scholars having weekly conversations about their goals, challenges, and aspirations. We prefer that mentors be formerly incarcerated.
  • Pen pal: 1 letter per month to incarcerated individuals.
  • Program Coordinator: Manages interactions between tutors, mentors, and scholars.
  • Workshop Facilitator: In conjunction with Dr. Andrisse, facilitate educational counseling workshop curriculum.
  • Policy Associate: Review state and national policies around education and incarceration. Participate in monthly Ban the Box Coalition call.
  • Resource Associate: Connect currently incarcerated and recently released individuals to in need of resources. 6-12 hours quarterly.

WHAT: CRISP DC is Hiring: SDOH Workstream Technical Project Manager

WHENMay 2020
WHERE: Remote, District of Columbia
MORE INFO: Please email Ms. Perrin Hicks perrin.hicks@crisphealth.org with “CRISP DC PM” in the subject line.

This role is responsible for supporting Health Information Technology (HIT) and projects related to Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in the Washington region. The successful candidate will provide critical, day to day project management of a Medicaid grant in D.C. and support a multi-region senior project manager who will be working on shared efforts across DC, MD, and West Virginia. This role will require coordination and partnership with various teams including government agencies, providers, and community benefit organizations. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to play a major role in the HIT enabled transformation of healthcare.

WHAT: Director of the Social Innovation Lab at Johns Hopkins University

WHERE: Baltimore, MD
MORE INFO: Visit their website to learn more, jobs.jhu.edu/job/Baltimore-Director%2C-Social-Innovation-Lab-MD-21205/643863700/

The Social Innovation Lab at JHU (SIL) accelerates emerging ventures and leaders that seek to change Baltimore and the world. SIL provides the funding, mentorship, office space and workshops that help these innovative nonprofits, mission-driven companies and disruptive technologies to develop into thriving, sustainable ventures with measurable impacts.