#DACA – Centro SOL Special Announcement

Querida comunidad, El anuncio de hoy con respecto a DACA va a impactar a muchos, incluyendo amigos y familiares. El efecto de esta decisión sobre las vidas de jóvenes Latinos persiguiendo sus sueños, ayudando a nuestras comunidades, y siendo líderes con su ejemplo, es devastador. Por favor sepan que en Centro SOL seguiremos apoyándolos en la manera que podamos, y haremos lo posible para luchar contra esta injusticia. Dras. Kathleen Page and Sarah Polk, co-directoras y el equipo de Centro SOL Dear Community, The announcement about DACA will impact many, including friends and relatives. In fact, this decision about the … Continue reading

New Health Disparities Course Offered Through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Students from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine started 2017 school-year with the Topics in Interdisciplinary Medicine: Health Care Disparities course. This course discusses issues on health disparites in Baltimore providing sources to understand and improve health and health care. The course directed by Dr. Rachel Thornton, was facilitated, by different various experts in health disparities. Centro SOL co-directors have also been part of this course. Read the story below. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Class of 2021 started their first year with the Topics in Interdisciplinary Medicine: Health Care Disparities course. This course is designed to provide students with a … Continue reading

Centro SOL Summer Youth – Johns Hopkins Underrepresented in Medical Professions

Centro SOL has collaborated for the third consecutive year with the Johns Hopkins Underrepresented in Medical Professions (JUMP) an organization that promotes the success of students from underrepresented populations—including ethnic and racial minorities, as well as first generation and low-income college students of any race—that are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and other health professions. Emilio Miret comes from New York, is currently attending Johns Hopkins University. During the summer 2017, Emilio has been the assistant coordinator for our Centro SOL Summer Scholars Program. Emilio has demonstrated tremendous committement, and passion for his work and the interaction with our … Continue reading

Monica Guerrero Vazquez, Centro SOL – awarded Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Media contacts: Dori Henry Bloomberg American Health Initiative (410) 614-2564; Dhenry21@jhu.edu Stephanie Desmon (410) 955-7619; sdesmon1@jhu.edu BLOOMBERG FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED TO EIGHT STUDENTS FROM ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY The Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health today announced its inaugural class of fellows. These eight students will receive full scholarships to earn a master of public health degree from the Bloomberg School and have committed to returning to their communities to apply their new knowledge and skills to address some of the nation’s toughest public health challenges. The Bloomberg Fellows program represents an innovative way … Continue reading

Meet our team – Kitty Quintanilla is going to med school!!

Our research coordinator, Kitty Quintanilla, has been accepted into medical school. She has been one of the Centro SOL research coordinators since 2016. Kitty will start school in summer 2017! Join us to congratulate Kitty on her way to her new adventure! Felicidades Kitty! 1. Tell me your full name Kassandra Pamela Quintanilla 2. Something about your family (where they are from) that you want to share My family is from El Salvador and they came here to escape the Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s. Neither of them have much education, but they worked very very hard to take care … Continue reading

“Estamos pasando por cosas muy delicadas” – Los Inmigrantes de Baltimore

In support of Latino immigrants in Baltimore, our colleague Alizay Jalisi has prepared a series of posts to tell their stories. Estamos pasando por cosas muy delicadas “Mi niña fue abusada sexualmente. Yo sentía culpa la más dolorosa…como un golpe. No pensaba que era nuestra realidad. Ahora estamos viviendo nuestra vida normal…pienso que estamos mejor. Pero hay días que recuerdo ese día. Por eso, estamos evitando cosas negativas en la tele. Yo también tengo que ver a la psicóloga. Me frustra que soy inmigrante, que no tengo seguro…muchas cosas. Y soy madre soltera. Siento deprimida, como sola.” “We are having a … Continue reading

Latino Health Conference 2017

Latino Health Conference 2017 The Values of Latino Health Research during Changing Times **El Valor de la Investigación en Salud Latina durante Tiempos de Cambio** May 11, 2017 William H Welch Medical Library 2nd floor, 1900 E Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21205 Please note that registration is required. To reserve your seat click here or the image below. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and materials for the conference. Proceeds go to sponsor a high school student in the Centro SOL Summer Scholars Program Centro SOL and the Urban Health Institute cordially invite you to the 2017 Latino Health Conference. This year’s theme is … Continue reading

Annual Health Fair

Since 2015, Centro SOL has hosted an annual health fair early in the year, to kick off healthy resolutions for our families. In 2017, the annual health fair has the “health resources for all” (recursos de salud para todos) theme, to empower the community to utilize existing resources and to prevent conditions like diabetes or hypertension. In response to the growing Latino population in the Bayview/Greektown/Highlandtown and Dundalk areas, the health fair will take place at John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School. With the strongest support of The Judy Center at John Ruhrah and the Community School Coordinator Office. We are thankful … Continue reading

Holiday Celebration – a welcoming night

On December 22, 2016 with all kinds of support of many, the holiday Campaign “Happy Child, Happy Family” was a great success. The night took place at Living Classrooms Patterson Park, and hosted 200 individuals including adults and children, celebrating a special holiday night. The celebration mobilized dozens of people who supported at different capacities, from packing to shopping, to delivering gifts and serving dinner. Watch the video here/Mira el video del evento. Thank you to all the individual donors, and corporate sponsors who contributed to make 2016 Holiday Campaign “Happy Child, Happy Family” a warm and great success. Special thanks to BB&T … Continue reading

From here forward/De aquí en adelante – community support

In light of the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, we were one of many organizations who felt it necessary to address the heightened uncertainty and concern among the immigrant population here in Baltimore.  After reaching out to a number of other community organizations in the greater Baltimore community, it became clear that our initiative should be centered on two main components: mental health and knowledge of rights. Over the ensuing weeks, we began collaborating with a number of community partners, including The Newcomer Project, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MIMA), Soccer Without Borders, and CASA de Maryland.  … Continue reading