UHMP welcomes new staffers
Two media veterans and three new faces have been added to the expanding UHMP team!
After five months of Therapy (Thursday), UHMP and viewers say it’s working
In May 2021, UHMP introduced “Therapy Thursdays,” half-hour discussions with mental health experts and people with lived experience livestreamed on our Instagram account.
Opioid Addiction: Like a “Silverback Gorilla on Your Back”
Paul Moore, like others with substance use disorder, didn’t set out to become addicted to opioids. And like many, he started off experimenting with less addictive drugs. But living with depression led Moore to seek stronger drugs in order to “feel something,” he said.
“Stop it! You’re making me sick!”: Moving documentary spotlights the pivotal battle to declassify homosexuality as illness
The film, “Cured,” tells the inspiring story of the brave individuals who successfully used tactics ranging from protests to medical research and data to convince the powerful APA to remove the stigmatizing label from its “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)...
Content & Programs Update: Fall 2021
Fall is off to a great start with our “Pandemic-era Youth Mental Health: The Way Forward” workshop, which launched October 4th with a group of nine students from five states attending sessions twice a week. The group will produce at least two feature stories and three videos about how schools across the country are responding to their students’ increased need for mental health services since the pandemic began...
A Message From Our Founder
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 funder working on the decriminalization of mental illness.
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.
“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.
student journalists trained
stories and videos in USA Today publications
stories in Black, Hispanic and health publications
student presentations at conferences, webinars