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A Community Consultant Group

What is "The Connection"?
We are recruiting interested students to assist community-based organizations (CBOs). Those involved will be a source of information/help for our CBOs. Students may help with data analysis and interpretation, surveying, research, writing/revising grants, curriculum design and teaching health topics, and much more. Download a copy of the Connection's brochure for more information (in pdf form). The Connection is an internationally recognized program. The Connection won the Program of the Year in April 2008 from ACPA College Student Educator International, Commission for Student Involvement. Additionally, in 2009, The Connection won the "Best In Class" award for humanitarianism and community service through the Jenzabar Foundation.

Who can be a consultant in "The Connection"?
Any interested person (student, faculty, staff,or alum) within Johns Hopkins health professional schools can participate. We provide services to SOURCE partnering CBOs in Baltimore that need assistance with short-term projects(6-8 weeks long). Graduate students in the Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine may have the most interest in participating in this group.

How can I learn more about the Connection?
View a PowerPoint presentation with more details on the Connection!

Why is this group necessary?
Many CBOs need help/advice when applying for funding or conducting short-term research and YOU need experience/a chance to put your skills to work in the real world. This is a great chance to form mutually beneficial partnerships with area CBOs. Additionally, many graduate students do not have the time to commit to any organization for an entire year. This gives students the opportunity to be involved with short-term projects.

Time Commitment?
Projects will be short-term with a flexible time commitment. The maximum time for each project will be 8 weeks. Students will work together in small teams (3-5 students) to complete the projects. Most students have reported spending on average 3-4 hours per week on their projects throughout their commitments.

What types of projects have been completed in the past?
View these year end reports for descriptions of past projects (in pdf format):

The Connection Management Team:
Mindi Levin, SOURCE Director:  410-955-3880,  
Jen Tayabji, SOURCE Public Health Program Assistant: 410-955-3880,

Fill out the Consultant Profile Form (Word version or pdf version). Return the Consultant Profile Form and a copy of your resume or CV to or bring it to SOURCE, 615 N. Wolfe St. Suite W1600 (in the School of Public Health), Baltimore, MD 21205.