Health Matters

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.

Featured Story

“On the day my grandmother caught him fondling me, I was wearing my favorite pink cotton dress. Now pink is a trigger for me." Growing up, Roz Overstreet-Gonzalez lived a typical life in San Bernardino, California, with her parents and two siblings...

Surviving Trauma: Student Stories About Resilience

Through guest speakers, individual research and reporting this past fall, student journalists explored ways in which people are struggling, surviving, and thriving despite the disproportionate effect the pandemic, economic collapse and soaring city violence are having on already marginalized communities. Their stories have been published on the UHMP website; many are also being printed in newspapers in and near their communities.

UHMP in the News

Grief harms the health of the grieving. Studies show bereaved parents are more likely to suffer cardiac events, immune dysfunction, depressive symptoms, dementia and even premature death. Black parents are more at risk.

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


stories and videos in USA Today publications


stories in Black, Hispanic and health publications


student presentations at conferences, webinars


readers reached