Baltimore is a city with a unique history of handling public health, and this past month scholars had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the topic. Kicking off with a diversity tour of Baltimore city, scholars were introduced to the health challenges that come with urbanization.
Mary Kirk from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs welcomes scholars to Baltimore
Day two brought panel discussions with leading members of the Baltimore City Health Department, who addressed topics such as youth violence prevention, substance abuse, and the impact on housing and food policies. Scholars were also treated to site visits with local nonprofits, where they got to see firsthand the impact that Catholic Relief Services and Chase Brexton Health Services have on crucial health issues in the city.
Scholars continued this immersive introduction by volunteering with Paul’s Place, Franciscan Center, and A Can Can Make a Difference, three local organizations that support their community through food, clothing, and health services. They were then welcomed to dinner with local hosts to experience the warm hospitality that Baltimore has to offer.
Fulbright Scholars attend a talk on International Public Health at the Enoch Pratt Free Library
The following day kicked off with thought-provoking panels on ideas for international health efforts and violence prevention, then later led into an exercise in creative thinking and collaboration among teams—with marshmallows as tools! Scholars then broke into groups for in-depth discussions on case studies such as patient safety, obesity, and mental health.
Scholars collaborate in an exercise on creative thinking
The fourth and final day was filled with reflection on the topics scholars had discussed and people they had met. After hearing from speakers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, scholars were left with the thought-provoking question of how to move forward with all they had learned.