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.
COVID-19 has upended the lives of millions of people. Many young people are experiencing the economic and mental health toll of the pandemic.
During a recent webinar, three young journalists including an UHMP intern discussed the challenges confronting their generation including the pandemic and systemic racism.
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Like the protests around the country, the Urban Health Media Project zeroed in on racial discrimination this summer.
We held a series of eight workshops with nine students from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, California and Massachusetts. They heard from professional and personal health experts including Surgeon General Jerome Adams, former New York health commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah and patient advocates, community physicians, mental health professionals and people who have survived poor health, trauma and bias
Dr. Charlayne Hayling-Williams opened Community Wellness Ventures in 2015 in the Washington, D.C.'s lowest-income ward and started heading in the direction health policy leaders say mental health has to go: Fully integrated into health care systems.
And when it gets there, it needs cultural competence in a one-stop-shop for all the social and health challenges racism has wrought.
If elected as mayor as expected, Baltimore Council President Brandon Scott will be the city's youngest chief executive. Some say his youth is his greatest weakness. But he's advocating generational change anyway.
“I’m not going to erase over 100 years of racial segregation and inequity in Baltimore in four years,” Scott said.
“But we can start the show. You can’t erase racial inequity that was created through policy without impacting policy.”
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.
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