Adopt a Family this Holiday Season- Donate Today!

One of our traditions, the Centro SOL Christmas Drive sponsors families in need to receive items they need as presents. Join us by making a donation by December 14th! If you can only cover a few items on a wish list – that’s fine – every gift counts! For more information contact our coordinator Sarahi at sjuarez6 at jhmi.edu or by phone at 410-550-1129 There are a few options to provide donations: Purchase the gifts for the family you decide to adopt (gifts can be dropped off at Centro SOL HQ – 5200 Eastern Ave. Mason F. Lord Center Tower … Continue reading

Special issue: Summer Summary

Bloomberg American Health Initiative Centro SOL has become part of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative as our program coordinator Monica Guerrero Vazquez is one of the eight fellows to earn a master of public health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The fellowship program represents an innovative way to train the next generation of public health leaders, as it requires not only a commitment to public health practice from the students, but also a commitment of collaboration from the organizations for which they already work. Monica will be collaborating with Centro SOL in her new role and will return … Continue reading

#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

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

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

Innovations in Clinical Care 2016 – Centro SOL

Johns Hopkins Medicine.- Centro SOL co-directors Dr. Sarah Polk, and Dr. Kathleen Page receive the Innovations in Clinical Care Award which honors the physicians and care teams who embody the best in clinical excellence through collaboration and innovation. This recognizes the team efforts made to improve health care access for Latinos. The accomplishments happen in collaboration with individuals and organizations committed to serve the most vulnerable, in partnership with our neighbors. Dr. Sarah Polk MD, ScM, MHS, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: serves as a bilingual (English/Spanish) primary care pediatrician and Medical Director of the Children’s Medical Practice. She is … Continue reading

Latinos en América después de las elecciones – Foro

As part of the Forum about Race presented by Johns Hopkins University, on November 30, 2016, professionals serving Latinos in Baltimore came together to discuss what it looks the present the the future after the election. The original version in English of this article can be accessed at http://hub.jhu.edu/2016/12/01/latinos-in-america-post-election/. La versión en español se encuentra debajo de la imagen.   Panelistas exploran la identidad Latina, y sus retos en los Estados Unidos después de la elección Por Katie Pearce —– ¿Cómo se sienten los Latinos después de la elección? Un panel de profesionales que sirven a la población Latina se reunieron … Continue reading

Happy child, happy family – holidays

Holidays are for sharing, and with your support, families in Baltimore will have the opportunity to enjoy and smile. You will support parents, and their children from the comfort of your home. We have identified the families who need some support, and they told us what they need. Any amount is welcome, please consider to donate the minimum or more to help us reach our goal. Donations start on Friday November 11, and end on December 11, 5pm EST. Go to the donation page. Food donations are also accepted (dry non-perishable food like – no cans, beans, lentils, Maseca flour, … Continue reading