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Congratulations to our past winners for their work to create positive and sustainable programs to address health barriers in undeserved populations. Applications for the small grant program can be found here.


Faculty Award:

Development of a School-based Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorder Treatment Program
Christopher Hammond, M.D. Ph.D., Assistant Professor (School of Medicine), Carolina Vidal, MD, MPH Assistant Professor (School of Medicine), and Annastasia Kezar, MA, CSS, CAGS, LCPC

Project Overview: This project aims to create and evaluate a school-based substance use/co-occurring disorder (SU/COD) treatment in adolescents with SU/COD who are educated in the Baltimore City Public School District.

Student Award:

The Role of Social Connectedness in Group-based Parent Training in Schools Serving Low-income Families
Corinne Plesko, BSN, RN (School of Nursing), Faculty Mentor: Deborah Gross, DNSc, FAAN (School of Nursing)

Project Overview: This project aims to understand how group-based parent-training programs, delivered in schools serving predominantly low-income students and families, can generate social connectedness among

Identifying school-related mental health stressors and opportunities for intervention through youth-led participatory research
Tesha Davilmar, BS (School of Medicine),  Sarah Flessa, MSH (School of Medicine). Faculty Mentor: Pamela A. Matson, MPH, Ph.D. (School of Medicine). Community Partner: Joni Holifield (HeartSmiles)

Project Overview: This project aims to empower youth to identify stressors related to the pandemic and opportunities to address their needs using community-based and youth-led participatory research principles.


Faculty Award:

School-based Intervention to Interrupt Conflict Before It Becomes Violent
Dr. Vanya Jones, Associate Professor (Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Project Overview: This project aims to use a community-engaged approach to adapt the Safe Streets programs for use to reduce violence in schools. Currently, this project is partnering with Community School Coordinators of the Y of Central MD.

Student Awards:

Engaging stakeholders to reduce asthma disparities in Baltimore City Public Schools
Sandra Zaeh and Michelle Eakin (School of Medicine): Mentor: Dr. Meredith McCormack (School of Medicine).

Project Overview: The project will partner with the Art as Applied to Medicine group at Johns Hopkins to develop tailored asthma education materials for students and school stakeholders to reduce environmental triggers for students with asthma based on previous empirical work.

Cultivating Authentic Family Engagement in a Community School
Rachel Strodel (School of Medicine) and Hannah Wallace (Bloomberg School of Public Health): Mentor: Dr. Colleen Christmas (School of Medicine)

Project Overview: Their project aims to implement a novel authentic family engagement and community needs assessment to link families at Commodore John Rodgers School with critical community resources. This includes the creation and management of community events such as virtual art and cooking session.