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Social media: a complex challenge for youth and parents to protect mental health

By Yesenia Barrios  Using social media– specifically apps like Instagram and Snapchat--requires tricky negotiation for young people to engage socially while avoiding its potentially intense toxic impact.  “Their brains are not fully formed, not fully myelinated—they’re more at risk for the addictive aspect of these devices and these apps, and (teens) have less protective factors,”...

Meet Krystal Li: UHMP Student Journalist and Workshop Participant

By Aileen Delgado Krystal Li, a senior at Coral Reef High School in Miami, was one of more than 20  students who participated in UHMP’s “Homesick” spring workshop. She says she jumped at the opportunity.  It was “a good opportunity for me,’’ she says, “because I was relatively new to journalism at the time, and...

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UHMP welcomes new staffers

By Hermes Falcon Urban Health Media Project Two media veterans and three new faces have been added to the expanding UHMP team. In July, Julianne Hill, whose work has appeared in outlets such as NPR, PBS, Chicago Public Radio, and ABA Journal, joined as managing editor of content and programs, and Cynthia Robinson, who has...

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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 new crop of interns hired.  Here are some of C&P’s highlights:  Delivered two summer community health storytelling “bootcamps,” for 12 students new to journalism, with uniformly positive feedback-- the students’ only complaint was that they...

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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 social justice work by youth leaders in six cities under a new content partnership with the nonprofit America’s Promise Alliance. Another UHMP team will cover the December annual meeting of the Sozosei Foundation, a new...