Our mission is to identify, train and support student health journalists as they engage with community, health and political leaders and to explore key issues from the youth perspective. Our youth reporters include some of the brightest and most talented high school and college students in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. We invite you to become a reader, or if you are student anywhere, contacting us about joining our growing team!
Cycle of Poverty Hard to Break Across Generations of Families
After growing up in foster care, Chanel Feyh, 41, had built an amazing life in New York City. An apartment and her own business.
Then she got sick with two autoimmune diseases - scleroderma and lupus - and suddenly the woman who had started out poor was poor again. Medical bills and treatments took all of her money. She had to close her business and move to get better healthcare. She now lives on disability insurance from the government. When she feels okay, she drives for UBER.
“I feel like I’m on the cusp of living,” said Feyh, who now lives in Los Angeles. Since she got sick “it’s just been constant survival.”
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.
Head to our student page to meet our students.
Student Journalists Trained
stories posted on UrbanHealthMedia.org
Stories Published in USA Today
Urban Health Media Project
Spreading the Message of Health and Hope through Multimedia Storytelling
It’s been an incredible first 18 months for the Urban Health Media Project. Our students were taught how to shoot videos and take photos by an Emmy-award winning USA TODAY multimedia journalist, and how to interview and write by former reporters and editors from The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun and USA TODAY. They’ve interviewed people in powerful positions – including U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams – and people in our community who had never before told their stories. We’ve had eight stories and four videos published in USA TODAY and usatoday.com – the nation’s largest newspaper, including a Page 1 cover story on “fatherlessness” for Father’s Day We’ve had students speak on Capitol Hill – and get a standing ovation – when they discussed their projects on the “code of silence” around domestic and sexual violence in the African American and Hispanic communities. We’ve had students testify about their reporting on mental health stigma to a City Council Health Committee in Washington, D.C., chaired by former Mayor Vincent Gray. And a student’s personal story about how art and music helped him cope with trauma was republished by the scholastic news service Newsela, which is distributed to 1.5 million students and educators. We sent three of our students off to college to study journalism – to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Syracuse University and New York University. And two of our new college students and our creative director, now a sophomore at Morgan State University, remain interns and help teach the next generation of UHMP student journalists how to spread the message of health and hope through multimedia storytelling.