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JHU SOURCE Alumni & Friends Newsletter

Spring 2021

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Greetings from SOURCE! We are excited to share some updates about our activities in 2020-2021, including the launch of Johns Hopkins HEAT Corps, continued efforts to shape conversations with Hopkins leadership about justice, and fantastic panel discussions on pressing issues of our time.

Please remember to share your up-to-date contact information, and to keep in touch with SOURCE! Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to Baltimore, community engagement, service-learning and social justice!

SOURCE and Campus Partners Launch Virtual K-12 Courses on COVID-19

The Johns Hopkins HEAT (Health Education and Training) Corps, comprised of student volunteer instructors from the health professional schools, launched in Fall 2020 to educate youth nationwide about the pandemic.

Advancing Racial and Social Justice at Hopkins

Over the past year, SOURCE has been uniquely positioned to join renewed conversations with leadership at the three health professional schools and across the University about orienting toward justice at Johns Hopkins and creating change.

New Service-Learning Course Recognized with National Award

SOURCE Associate Director Tyler Derreth, PhD and Maggie Wear, PhD, received the Delta Omega 2020 Innovative Curriculum Award for their online course, "Community-Based Practice Through Civic Engagement."

Welcome Our Newest Community Partners!

SOURCE's Governing Board recently welcomed Total Health Care and MissionFit as our newest partnering community-based organizations.

Seeking Nominations for Alumni Community Service Award

We are seeking nominations for our annual SOURCE Community Service Awards, including the Alumni Award category. Submit your nominations today!

Watch Our 2020-2021 Events on YouTube

SOURCE has held several virtual events this year, including "A Conversation on Environmental Justice", "Medical Apartheid and Equity in Care", "Codifying Safety" and a new series of SOURCE Partner Panels.


SOURCE and Campus Partners Launch Virtual K-12 Courses on COVID-19

starsIn 2020, SOURCE partnered with colleagues across Johns Hopkins University and health system, to develop and deliver a virtual "COVID-19 Curriculum" for K-12 students across Baltimore and the entire country. The program, Johns Hopkins HEAT (Health Education And Training) Corps recruited and trained volunteers from the Johns Hopkins health professional schools,  as well as public health and pre-med undergraduates. Over 160 JHU student volunteers have been implementing the curriculum through virtual platforms across the country.

The virtual curriculum focuses on how youth can make a difference by modeling social distancing, handwashing, mask wearing, and engages critical scientific knowledge, in order to heighten youth awareness about the virus. SOURCE is proud to be a part of this program equipping young people with the right information and tools to become champions of public health in their communities!

In the News


Advancing Racial and Social Justice at Hopkins

With protests erupting across the country in the summer of 2020 against police violence and racism, SOURCE was among the first to engage with leadership across Johns Hopkins University about the ways Hopkins upholds systems of injustice, and the need to take immediate meaningful action in order to orient toward justice within the institution and with Baltimore communities. SOURCE faculty and leadership are actively present on new committees where these discussions have been ongoing throughout 2020-2021, contributing to and advising on action plans for institutional change.

idareThe Bloomberg School of Public Health has announced its newly-formed Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism and Equity (IDARE) to address urgent priorities within the School where improvement is needed, including increasing the number of faculty from underrepresented communities, ensuring a diverse curriculum, and guaranteeing salary equity for School faculty/staff, among others. SOURCE leadership has been informing IDARE strategy alongside other colleagues to achieve these goals. 

The School of Nursing has also announced a similar effort under the leadership of Dean Patricia Davidson to address systems of injustice within its own walls, and has also renewed its commitment to advancing justice through teaching the next generation of nurses on strong foundations of social justice. SOURCE leadership is actively involved with these conversations and sits on the Teaching and Learning for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee to inform the School of Nursing's strategy moving forward.

At the University level, President Ronald Daniels also announced a renewed focus on advancing justice with the formation of a 2020 Roadmap Task Force to build on and advance the work of the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion created in 2015. SOURCE leadership is also actively involved with this task force.

Stay tuned for more updates from SOURCE about these ongoing efforts.


New Service-Learning Course Recognized with National Award

mw-dotd-doSOURCE Associate Director Tyler Derreth, PhD and Maggie Wear, PhD, received the Delta Omega 2020 Innovative Curriculum Award for their course, "Community-Based Practice Through Civic Engagement" in October 2020. The Delta Omega Innovative Curriculum Award recognizes creative approaches to public health courses which "bridge the gap between public health academia and practice." In February 2021, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health hosted Drs. Derreth and Wear for the Delta Omega 2020 Innovative Curriculum Awardee Webinar, where they discussed the groundbreaking instructional model of Critical Online Service-Learning applied in their course.


Welcome Our Newest Community Partners!

SOURCE's Governing Board recently welcomed Total Health Care and MissionFit as our newest partnering community-based organizations. Read more below about the tremendous work both organizations are doing in our community.

total-logoTotal Health Care has provided medical care to low-income residents of Baltimore for more than 50 years. With its 8 locations, the organization is now the largest non-governmental provider of comprehensive primary care, mental health and substance used and dental services in Baltimore City, serving the areas health underserved, uninsured, underinsured, and special populations. Click here to learn more about Total Health Care and volunteer opportunities.

mf-logoMissionFit provides a safe space, resources for health and an environment for continued personal growth through several programs. The Youth Fitness Program offers free fitness classes to Baltimore’s youth ages 11-24. Participation in a consistent, positive fitness program helps youth to develop confidence and self-acceptance, work ethic and important life skills such as goal setting, time management and accountability. Youth come to MissionFit from nearby neighborhood communities, as well as through partnerships with youth development organizations. Click here to learn more about other programs and volunteer opportunities with MissionFit.


Seeking Nominations for Alumni Community Service Award

award-logoOur annual Community Service Awards are coming up in April! Each year during our National Volunteer Week festivities (this year held between Monday, April 19 and Friday, April 23), SOURCE honors students, faculty, community-based organizations and alumni for their outstanding service and exemplary community partnerships. Let us know if you are currently or have been serving your community in 2020-2021, or consider nominating someone else for the Alumni Award. Submit your nominations today! Awards will be presented during our Virtual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

To submit nominations contact us at SOURCE@jhu.edu. For more details and to learn more about past winners, visit our Community Service Awards page.


Watch Our 2020-2021 Events on YouTube

SOURCE has held several virtual panel discussions this year, including "A Conversation on Environmental Justice", "Medical Apartheid and Equity in Care", "Codifying Safety" and a new series of SOURCE Partner Panels. Click the links below to watch each event, and find more videos on our YouTube channel! Subscribe to stay updated and watch our upcoming National Volunteer Week events.

env-justice"A Conversation on Environmental Justice"

A reflective discussion on environmental justice and brief introduction to the three tenants of sustainability—people, planet, and profit. Panelists from CBOs and Hopkins students discuss their passions within environmental justice, the importance of intersectionality when discussing and doing environmental justice work, and the triumphs and the improvements needed within current environmental justice movements.

Featured speakers:

md-ap"Medical Apartheid and Equity in Care"

A panel discussion designed to provide a better understanding of the interpersonal and structural barriers to health equity through the medium of health education. Panelists discuss the way racism is an influential ideology of health professional practice and education tools. Sponsored by the Nursing Public Health Network and SOURCE. 

Featured Speakers:

cod-safe"Codifying Safety"

A panel discussion on police brutality, safety, and music as a social justice tool. We cover: how power and privilege work, ways we can address/manage power and privilege in public health practice, and efforts underway on campus (faculty and student leadership).

Featured speakers:

partner-panelSOURCE Partner Panels

Hear directly from SOURCE partner organizations about the inspiring work they are doing in our Baltimore communities. Focusing on youth education, supportive services and mentorship, our Partner Panels this year have helped introduce students, faculty and staff to new virtual volunteer opportunities. Featuring our partners from: