Health Matters:

The mission of the Urban Health Media Project (UHMP) is to teach urban high school students with diverse backgrounds and from under-resourced communities how to report, write and broadcast multimedia stories about the health and social issues affecting their communities and the potential solutions.

UHMP in the News

UHMP students from across the country cover the many ways housing impacts the life of individuals and communities during the pandemic.

Get Involved!

We're looking for a diverse group of youth passionate about storytelling and shedding light on mental health challenges among BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and/or LGBTQ+ youth. Tell stories with words, photography, art, video, infographics, music, and even rap.

Featured Story

“Most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”

Surviving Trauma: Students Chronicle Resilience

Through guest speakers, individual research and reporting this past fall, student journalists explored ways in which people are struggling, surviving, and thriving despite the disproportionate effect the pandemic, economic collapse and soaring city violence are having on already marginalized communities. Their stories have been published on the UHMP website; many are also being printed in newspapers in and near their communities.

What We Are Working On

Students who participate in the Urban Health Media Project work on stories about various social issues such as teen suicide, domestic violence, poverty and mental health stigma. They interview doctors, journalists, politicians and other experts about these issues. Students write and produce their own articles and use facts and statistics to support their points. In addition to writing, students have the opportunity to learn, hands-on, how to use the cameras to shoot photos and capture video and audio.

131

student journalists trained

22

stories and videos in USA Today publications

21

stories in Black, Hispanic and health publications

8

student presentations at conferences, webinars

2M+

readers reached

UHMP welcomes new staffers

Adding new skills, enthusiasm to team By Hermes Falcon Urban Health Media Project Two media veterans and three new faces...
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UHMP welcomes new staffers

After five months of Therapy (Thursday), UHMP and viewers say it’s working

They gain valuable advice on when and how to seek, give help In May 2021, UHMP introduced “Therapy Thursdays,” half-hour...
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After five months of Therapy (Thursday), UHMP and viewers say it’s working

Content & Programs Update: Fall 2021

A lot has happened since our last update over the summer, with new programs launching, stories published and a whole...
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Content & Programs Update: Fall 2021

Message from our CEO

It is such a pivotal time in the Urban Health Media Project’s history.  Our student-instructor teams covered mental health and...
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Message from our CEO

“Stop it! You’re making me sick!”: Moving documentary spotlights the pivotal battle to declassify homosexuality as illness

By Julianne Hill and Hermes Falcon Urban Health Media Project As recently as 1973, homosexuality was considered a “sexual deviancy”...
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“Stop it! You’re making me sick!”: Moving documentary spotlights the pivotal battle to declassify homosexuality as illness

Opioid Addiction: Like a “Silverback Gorilla on Your Back”

Talking Recovery, Stigma on Therapy Thursday By Hermes Falcon Paul Moore, like others with substance use disorder, didn’t set out...
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Opioid Addiction: Like a “Silverback Gorilla on Your Back”

Missouri high school students recommend ways to improve school safety, student mental health

By Brie Zeltner and Malaya Mason St. Louis, MO - More licensed therapists on campus. Requiring parent or guardian participation...
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Missouri high school students recommend ways to improve school safety, student mental health

Borough students talk mental health, racism in local high schools

By Brie Zeltner and Sarah Gandluri For Justin Soyka, the crisis came in middle school.  During his 8th grade year,...
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Borough students talk mental health, racism in local high schools

Staten Island high school students face racial segregation, bullying and mental health issues

By Pamela Rentz and Malaya Mason Youth leaders in high schools across Staten Island say that some of the biggest...
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Staten Island high school students face racial segregation, bullying and mental health issues

Missouri high school students call for more mental health services in schools to increase feelings of safety

St. Louis, Missouri -- Feeling safe in school was a problem in Missouri even before the pandemic added the unprecedented...
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Missouri high school students call for more mental health services in schools to increase feelings of safety