For the first time, UHMP is co-teaching a full semester on community health storytelling with a high school, Richard Wright Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Instructor and former journalist Jeannine Hunter is co-teaching at the high school, which specializes in journalism and media arts. She’s using our unique curriculum developed by Teresa Redd, professor and founding director emeritus of Howard University’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment and owner of Redd Ed Consulting, in collaboration with advisers including Danzell Bussey, a teacher and administrator at Richard Wright who is also a UHMP board member. Hunter is enjoying working with a Richard Wright instructor who has embraced the curriculum, which he said is filled with enough resources to develop daily activities and lectures.
“I love the students’ energy, and look forward to helping them explore and develop their various story ideas,” said Hunter, who is a former reporter and web producer at publications including The Tennessean in Nashville, Tenn., and The Washington Post.
Last fall, she co-taught a module of the curriculum in a journalism class at Coolidge High School, which was our first step into high school teaching, and plans to return next month.
Now the RWPCS program is taking another big step for us — we’re partnering with the Department of International Health graduate school program at Georgetown University in D.C. Professors from Georgetown reached out to us (!) because they wanted their graduate students to focus on an urban health issue and were curious about our program. So we’re connecting seven grad students with high school students on a project about how transportation challenges affect health.
This exciting new collaboration is being led by O'Donnell, who is joined by Mindy Fetterman, a former USA Today deputy managing editor for News, and volunteer Richard Willing, a former USA Today and Detroit News reporter turned intelligence agency spokesman and analyst. He also happens to be Jayne’s husband.