Partnerships

Schools

The University of Maryland, Baltimore has partnered with the following schools in West Baltimore:

  • George Washington Elementary School located at 800 Scott St, Baltimore Md. 21230
  • Southwest Baltimore Cha located at 1300 Herkimer St, Baltimore MD 21223
  • Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy 100 N. Calhoun St, Baltimore MD 21223

Outreach Programs

The following UM Outreach Programs are currently delivering services to students enrolled in our partner schools and thier families:

Explorations in Science: A Research Awareness Program

Explorations in Science: A Research Awareness Program (ESRAP) is a program established to provide high school students with first hand knowledge of the research that is conducted in various laboratories on the UMB campus and to acquaint them with mentoring and research opportunities on our campus. Approximately once a month, graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows in STEM disciplines present their research with attention paid to scientific inquiry (especially research process, methodology and analysis), current results and conclusions to high school students at Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy. The purpose of this initiative is to raise student awareness and appreciation for scientific investigation and increase students’ knowledge of procedures, concepts and select areas of STEM research.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jordan Warnick at 410-706-0657.

H3 Initiative (Healthy People Healthy Homes, Healthy Community)

The H3 Initiative includes a number of campus-community partnerships between the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the Washington Village / Pigtown Community that seeks to improve health and well-being through health promotion, with a special emphasis on rebuilding the bridge between health and the environment. H3 provides the following services at George Washington Elementary School:

  • Clean It Like You Mean It - a "trash and health" program for 4th graders at George Washington Elementary School in partnership with WPNPC
  • Green It Like You Mean It - a "planting and health" program for 4th graders at George Washington Elementary School in partnership with WPNPC
  • Green Thumb Program (Community School Pocket Park Management)
  • Health Screening Program for Students, including blood pressure, vision, hearing, height, weight, and BMI

For more information, please contact Marjorie Buchanan at 410-706-5554.

Club UMB

The CLUB UMB Program is an initiative of the UMB Outreach Council that strives to provide enriched educational, health, and career experiences and opportunities for school children through a coordinated partnership of the campus with targeted local partner schools. CLUB UMB includes a free after school program implemented at the elementary and middle school level and internships for academic credit for high school students.

For more information, please contact Brian C. Sturdivant, MSW at 410-706-1678.

High School Mini Med Program

University of Maryland School of Medicine students lead an eight-week (once per week) seminar course on health related topics at the Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy. The program culminates in a tour of the historic Davidge Hall, the oldest medical teaching facility in the northern hemisphere still in use located on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. Seminar topics are chosen by the participating school. The program incorporates both health education and career development by encouraging students to discuss health related professions and the educational requirements of those professions.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jordan Warnick at 410-706-0657.

Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) - Expanded School Mental Health Program

Social Work interns placed with the SWCOS program offer individual, group and family counseling, play therapy, crisis intervention, peer mediation, skill development, and advocacy for George Washington Elementary School children and their families. In addition, SWCOS interns develop and facilitate other initiatives for students, parents, school staff, and the communities they serve.

For more information, please contact Dick Cook, MSW at 410-706-5130.

University of Maryland Hospital for Children - Breathmobile


This mobile clinic, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and asthma specialists, provides services to children and families at George Washington Elementary School as well as a dozen other public schools in West Baltimore. The project, which is a partnership between the University of Maryland Hospital for Children and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Maryland - Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter, is offering ongoing care to children with asthma. The Breathmobile is staffed by pediatric allergists, pulmonologists, a pediatric nurse practitioner, and a registered nurse, all from the University of Maryland Hospital for Children. These health care providers are able to diagnose children with asthma, offer treatment, prescribe, and in some cases, dispense medication at no charge to the families.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mary Beth Bollinger at 410-706-2443.

University of Maryland, Baltimore - Vivian T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy Summer Research Program

Sponsored by the University of Maryland, Baltimore under President David J. Ramsay, this paid summer research program encourages students from Vivian T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy to consider a career as a health professional or scientist. Students work 40 hours each week with faculty and graduate research assistants in biomedical research labs to gain direct work experience and mentoring. Throughout the internship, students participate in weekly workshops and campus tours, where they meet with faculty and students from all of the schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Students also participate in a "Student Research Forum" where they present the results of their summer research activities. This program accepts 25 students each summer.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jordan Warnick at 410-706-0657.

Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP)

YSEP is a program designed to expose youth to science and technology at an early age. Early science interventions provide a means for participants to become excited about science, health careers, mathematics and technology and to pursue these activities in college. Studies have demonstrated that the majority of students who enter a health career had an early science experience that was enjoyable. YSEP instructors are members of the Student National Medical Association's UMB Chapter. Typically, 3-5 medical students travel to George Washington Elementary School on a monthly basis to provide special programming for a group of 10 - 20 students. Programs are 90 to 120 minutes. Goals of the program are to:

  • Provide a user friendly introduction / re-introduction to scientific fields;
  • Build on the foundation provided in the science courses students have had in the past;
  • Introduce students to the basics of science and its applications;
  • Expose students to the diversity of science with an emphasis on those paths that may not appear to be science-based;
  • Present all material in a concise, organized, age-appropriate manner;
  • Facilitate discussion and encourage critical thinking on the part of participants;
  • Tailor the presentations to the issues most likely to affect the participants.

2008 – 2009 will be the second school year for YSEP’s operation at George Washington Elementary School.

For more information, please contact Brian C. Sturdivant, MSW at 410-706-1678.