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University Children and Family Initiatives
UMB has dozens of programs for children and families. This list highlights those that are interprofessional, have a significant number of UMB students participating, are required for their program or degree and have a UMB faculty member as mentor/instructor.
Tutoring and Academic Support
A Bridge to Academic Excellence
A Bridge to Academic Excellence (ABAE) is a collaborative community service project of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. The program currently provides tutoring to over 145 middle and high school students from Baltimore City and the Baltimore/Washington metro area by pairing them with pharmacy, dental, law, medical, nursing, social work and physical therapy students at the university.
Project Contact: Margaret Hayes
In-school Whole Child Support
Promise Heights (PH), an initiative run out of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, is aims to create a comprehensive child, family, and community-building model in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Upton/Druid Heights. This program provides children aged 0-21 with educational, social, physical, and economic opportunities that allow them to thrive and succeed in work and family life.
Project Contact: Bronwyn Mayden
Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) – Community Schools
The Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) operates three community schools (James McHenry Elementary/Middle School, Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts, Wolfe Street Academy) throughout Baltimore City. Community Schools are based on a model in which local public schools become a hub for community life by offering a range of supports and services for use by the students, their families, and the community as a whole.
Project Contact: Paula Byrd
Center for School Mental Health
The Center for School Mental Health within the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, is a national center focused on advancing training, practice, research and policy in the emerging interdisciplinary school mental health field. It receives federal funding for national program and policy analysis, technical assistance and research, and operates programs providing evidence-based mental health promotion and intervention in schools in Baltimore City (25 schools) and Prince George's County (2 schools).
Project Contact: Nancy Lever
Baltimore School Mental Health Initiative
The Baltimore School Mental Health Initiative (BSMHI) seeks to promote wellness and reduce learning barriers for students with challenging emotional and behavioral disabilities in grades K – 8 in Baltimore City Public Schools. BSMHI provides intensive therapeutic and case management services, training for school staff and families, and a full array of mental health services to help students learn and be successful in the least restrictive environment.
Project Contact: Tom Sloane
Family Connections, Baltimore, is a multi-faceted program of the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children. The program develops, implements, and tests community-based family strengthening services that empower vulnerable families to achieve safety, well-being, and stability. Clients collaborate with staff members to identify family and community risks and protective factors.
Project Contact: Frederick Strieder
The Family Stability Initiative aims to keep families housed, support families so their children remain in current schools, and provide tools to maintain self-sufficiency. Currently the program is at Benjamin Franklin High School and in the Promise Heights neighborhoods.
Project Contact: Paula Byrd
The Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland School of Law (C-DRUM)
The Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland School of Law (C-DRUM) is a comprehensive dispute resolution center for policy, scholarship, and professional skill development relating to problem-solving in law and society. In partnership with the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office and the Maryland State Department of Education, C-DRUM provides grant funds, training and hands-on assistance to support a wide variety of conflict management programs in schools across the state.
Project Contact: Barbara Grochal
Give Kids A Smile Day
The University of Maryland Dental School partners with the Maryland State Dental Association to provide dental exams and fluoride varnish applications to local students in West Baltimore.
Project Contact: Norman Tinanoff
UM School of Nursing Health Clinic at Paul’s Place
Under the direction of University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty, nursing students offer basic health screenings and health counseling at Paul’s Place, a community-based nonprofit in the Washington Village/Pigtown neighborhood. The clinic, open once per week during Paul’s Place Hot Lunch program, serves uninsured and homeless community members.
Project Contact: Kelly Flannery
The Governor’s Wellmobile
The Governor’s Wellmobile – health clinics on wheels – is a community partnership model of mobile, nurse-managed primary health care. The program’s dual missions are to provide primary and preventive health care services to geographically underserved communities and uninsured individuals across the state, and to provide principle training sites that will expand student learning opportunities in the care of underserved populations.
Project Contact: Susan Antol
Career & College Readiness
Community Law In Action (CLIA)
CLIA's numerous programs include the Law & Leadership Academy at five Baltimore City High schools: Patterson, National Academy Foundation, Reginald F. Lewis, Heritage and Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School. The Law and Leadership Academies serve over 300 10th-12th graders. CLIA has also worked with students at Baltimore Talent Development and Highlandtown Middle-Elementary in its Teen Leaders for Change program.
Project Contact: Corryne Deliberto
President’s Outreach Council
The President’s Outreach Council currently partners with four schools in West Baltimore – Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, Southwest Baltimore School Charter, George Washington Elementary School, and James McHenry Elementary School – to help meet identified needs of students and families.
Project Contact: Brian Sturdivant