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.
Antidepressants present a counterintuitive challenge.
The most popular ones have been dogged for decades by claims they can actually increase the risk of suicide, particularly for children. This link is described most often for the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs.
UHMP in the News
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.”
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
UHMP student Jada Johnson is featured in Nonprofit Quarterly's latest Tiny Spark podcast.
The episode features three generations of Black women who live in Baltimore talking about how they are experiencing the protests that have been going on around the nation since the death of George Floyd.
They critique recent media coverage, digging into its language, framing, and imagery. They also describe their perceptions of law enforcement in their communities, and the historical contexts in which police actions must be viewed.
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.
student journalists trained
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