Opioid Addiction: Like a “Silverback Gorilla on Your Back”

Talking Recovery, Stigma on Therapy Thursday By Hermes Falcon   Paul Moore, like others with substance use disorder, didn’t set...
Read More

Missouri high school students recommend ways to improve school safety, student mental health

By Brie Zeltner and Malaya Mason St. Louis, MO - More licensed therapists on campus. Requiring parent or guardian participation...
Read More
Missouri high school students recommend ways to improve school safety, student mental health

Borough students talk mental health, racism in local high schools

By Brie Zeltner and Sarah Gandluri For Justin Soyka, the crisis came in middle school.  During his 8th grade year,...
Read More
Borough students talk mental health, racism in local high schools

Staten Island high school students face racial segregation, bullying and mental health issues

By Pamela Rentz and Malaya Mason Youth leaders in high schools across Staten Island say that some of the biggest...
Read More
Staten Island high school students face racial segregation, bullying and mental health issues

Missouri high school students call for more mental health services in schools to increase feelings of safety

St. Louis, Missouri -- Feeling safe in school was a problem in Missouri even before the pandemic added the unprecedented...
Read More
Missouri high school students call for more mental health services in schools to increase feelings of safety

Monroe County students work to promote, elevate youth voices

By Sophia Garcia From protests against gun violence to the Black Lives Matter movement, the nation has recently seen young...
Read More
Monroe County students work to promote, elevate youth voices

Albuquerque Students tackle mental health, racial equity in schools

By Radiah Jamil and Kayla Johnson A group of Albuquerque teens and young adults have big plans to tackle problems...
Read More
Albuquerque Students tackle mental health, racial equity in schools

Youth fight for racial justice, and take their convictions to the polls

By Alan Gomez and Pamela Rentz With the world gripped by a global pandemic and protests over police brutality raging...
Read More

Jacksonville youth face rising rates of trauma, mental health issues

By Angely Pena Agramonte Teens today are under a lot of stress: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently...
Read More
Jacksonville youth face rising rates of trauma, mental health issues

Jacksonville high school student-activists chart their course

By Sophia Garcia Generation Z - born roughly between the mid 1990s and early 2010s - has already made a...
Read More
Jacksonville high school student-activists chart their course

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.

UHMP in the News

UHMP students from across the country cover the many ways housing impacts the life of individuals and communities during the pandemic.

Get Involved!

We're looking for a diverse group of youth passionate about storytelling and shedding light on mental health challenges among BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and/or LGBTQ+ youth. Tell stories with words, photography, art, video, infographics, music, and even rap.

Featured Story

“Most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”

Surviving Trauma: Students Chronicle 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.

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.

131

student journalists trained

22

stories and videos in USA Today publications

21

stories in Black, Hispanic and health publications

8

student presentations at conferences, webinars

2M+

readers reached