SOURCE Alumni Newsletter
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Director, Mindi Levin
When I first began working at Hopkins in September 2003, SOURCE wasn’t even an idea. However, not long after I got my bearings in my position as the Manager of InterAction, the community service office at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, I realized that there was a need for a tri-school community engagement center. Nursing and medical students started showing up at my door, interested in having the same services at their schools. At the same time, our community partners expressed frustration with navigating Hopkins—there was no way to tap into Hopkins through one single office. Because of these articulated interests and frustrations, I worked with a dedicated group of students, community partners, faculty and administrators to create a foundation for authentic partnerships. Thus, in January 2005, together, we founded SOURCE!
For the last ten years, SOURCE grew from an idea to a model service-learning program. We have achieved success by developing and maintaining a transparent and ethical model for academic-community partnerships that is steered by the ideas and passion of SOURCE staff, SOURCE Governing Board members, and our SOURCE Community Council. Because of our unique model (which is in line with the literature on successful partnerships), programs across the country often reach out to us for advice in formalizing their partnerships or requesting permission to utilize and/or adapt our materials.
Most recently, we have seen a growth in faculty engagement and academic service-learning through the SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty & Community Fellows Program. We started with a small number of official service-learning courses including our flagship Baltimore Community Practicum course. Since we launched the Fellows Program in 2012 we have supported 20 total courses in the health professional schools. Through the Fellows Program and programs like the Connection Community Consultants, we’re able to serve Baltimore City Community-Based Organizations in more nuanced ways through scholarly projects, while giving our students the valuable opportunity to link theory learned in the classroom, to real-world practice experiences in the community.
Ten years ago we were building from the ground up, establishing ourselves as a center. For the future of SOURCE, we aim for more academic service-learning opportunities in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, enhanced capacity through a growth of infrastructure and staffing, and more opportunities for students to apply their health professional skills while meeting community-identified needs.
Now in celebration of our first decade of work, we’re launching our twice-yearly SOURCE Alumni Newsletter to keep you updated and connected to SOURCE. For this inaugural issue, we asked students and alumni to reflect on SOURCE’s influence on their education and careers. We also invite each of you, alumni impacted by involvement with SOURCE and Baltimore City, to help us with our goals and to donate to SOURCE in honor of our ten-year anniversary. Please also share your Baltimore service stories with us through social media!
Thank you all for coming along with us in these first ten years. We look forward to many decades of service to the Johns Hopkins Health Professional Schools and our beloved City of Baltimore.
Yours in Service,
Mindi B. Levin
Founder & Director, SOURCE