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Latinx Health Care: Lost in Translation

By Lizeth Vela and Samantha Rosengard, Urban Health Media Project  “Cuídate, cuídate, por favor, abuelita; yo puedo ayudarle,” Alicia Cole told the elderly woman in the hospital bed next to her. “Be careful, please, grandma; I can help you.” Cole was in a California hospital recovering from surgical complications and the woman sharing her...

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Ethics Policy

Editorial Independence Policy The mission of the Urban Health Media Project is to help high school students from diverse backgrounds and under-resourced communities in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore produce multimedia stories about health and social issues that are often overlooked in their communities. We will always be transparent about any funders covered in our...

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Covering racism, health disparities in the headlines

Students learn about reporting on structural racism and health   By Jayne O'Donnell August 30, 2020 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...

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Sheltering in place? Go outside!

Sheltering in place? Go outside!   By Breyanna Dabney (Perry Hall High School), Madeleine Voth (Duke Ellington School of the Arts) & Amaya Murillo July 13, 2020   Henry David Thoreau once said, “nature is but another name for health.” The reclusive 19th-century philosopher believed that a little sunlight could go a long way in...

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Charleston Black history museum to provide context for racial protests

Charleston Black history museum to provide context for racial protests   By Jayne O'Donnell and Amora Campbell, Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts June 30, 2020   CHARLESTON, S.C. – Amid COVID-19, protests against police brutality and the fifth anniversary of the mass killing of churchgoers here, a museum focused on the roots of...

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Panelists emphasize need for Black men to practice ‘self care’

Panelists emphasize need for Black men to practice 'self care'   By Camal Shorter, Coolidge High School June 15, 2020   The COVID-19 pandemic and now massive nationwide protests against police violence have focused attention on ongoing threats to the physical health of the Black community. But what about threats to mental health, particularly...

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Chronic absenteeism in school linked to poor mental health

Chronic absenteeism in school linked to poor mental health   By Camal Shorter, Coolidge High School June 15, 2020   Many promising students are becoming disinterested and disengaged from school, underperforming academically and becoming part of the public health problem of chronic absenteeism. This is yet another issue made worse by the novel coronavirus. There...

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As black teen suicide rises, more resources and awareness needed

As black teen suicide rises, more resources and awareness needed   By Sierra Lewter, Louis Steptoe, Rhea Warren, Davon Harris and Berri Wilmore Artwork by Pooja Singh, UHMP graphics and social media coordinator June 15, 2020   Aabrielle Spear’s first thoughts of suicide came shortly after getting bullied in kindergarten. As a young girl...