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Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute

The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI) is a collaboration and a vital connection with East Baltimore. The UHI is the starting point for forging true University and community partnerships in health care, education and community planning, with all partners working to change the trajectory for the children, youth and families of East Baltimore.

The UHI draws on the expertise of neighborhood residents, educators, philanthropic organizations, elected representatives and community leaders, in addition to the wealth of intellectual resources that Hopkins can offer.

Apply Now for a 2015 Small Grant

Small Grants Available for Community-Johns Hopkins Collaborations

We are accepting applications now for partnerships between the community and Johns Hopkins faculty and students to advance the health and well-being of the residents of Baltimore. Proposals may focus on research or program develop, but priority this year will be given to projects that focus upon community-level trauma and approaches to creating  trauma-informed systems.

To help potential grantees prepare for submission, UHI is holding three information sessions on May 7 (2-3pm at School of Education-2800 N Charles St), May 27 (5-6pm at UHI-2013 E Monument St), and June 10, 2015 (12-1pm at UHI-2013 E Monument Street).  For more information or to RSVP for one of the information sessions, contact UHI Program Director Amy Gawad at or 410-502-7473

We have supported 87 projects since the small grants program’s inception in 2008. We’re looking forward to receiving this year’s proposals! Click here for more information.


News and Events:

UHI Loses Friend and Supporter, Levi Watkins, 70

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Dr. Levi Watkins, medical pioneer, humanitarian and friend of the Urban Health Institute. Born in Kansas but raised in Alabama, Watkins joined Dexter Baptist Church as a teenager where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor. He was active in the Montgomery bus boycott during the Civil Rights Movement. He was the first African American to attend Vanderbilt Medical School where, years later, he became a member of the Board of Trustees. He was the first black chief resident in cardiovascular surgery at Johns Hopkins. Later he became Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Faculty Development in the medical school. Watkins founded and directed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration and Community Service Awards, an annual event at Johns Hopkins for more than 30 years. He was generous of spirit and was committed to improving the health and well-being of our community— both at Hopkins and in Baltimore. His passing leaves an enormous void.



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