BCPS CEO April Letter – Carta del Director Ejecutivo de Escuelas de Baltimore

April 22, 2016 Dear City Schools Students, Families, Community Members, and Friends, The end of April marks the one-year anniversary of the unrest following Freddie Gray’s death. It will be a challenging time for Baltimore. I am writing to share with you the resources we will have in place to support students and staff and the changes the district has made to help students learn from last April’s events. The safety and well-being of our students and staff is, and always will be, our primary concern. Social workers and mental health professionals are available at every school for students who … Continue reading

Migration Conference: Community Resilience presented by the American Red Cross

Join the American Red Cross for our migration conference, Community Resilience: Evolving Perspectives and Approaches to Migration, on March 16, 2016. This event will bring together leading advocates, service providers and government actors to focus on strengthening and supporting the resilience of migrants and the communities in which they live. Keynote speakers include Shelly Pitterman, head of the UN Refugee Agency office in Washington, DC, and Walter Cotte, International Federation of the Red Cross Regional Director for the Americas. Panel discussion topics include migrant (re)integration, migrant mental health, protections for LGBT migrants, and migration policy challenges and opportunities. Our Master … Continue reading

Social Worker award: Flor Giusti awarded for her support to the community

Inspired to Inspire: Champions and Visionaries Award – Issued by the Baltimore’s Mayor Inspirado a Inspirar: Campeones y Visionarios – Otorgado por Alcaldesa de Baltimore (English below) Flor es un ejemplo de mujer que inspira a los demás. Su título es de Master en Trabajo Social,pero ella hace mucho más que eso. La verdadera pasión de Flor es el empoderamiento de los demás. Su profundo compromiso para hacer a otros crecer ha sido demostrado en sus más de 20 años de trabajo con las mujeres y familias de Baltimore incluyendo 16 años trabajando con víctimas de violencia doméstica. Flor ha … Continue reading

Heart Month – February Raffle Winner

Our friend Daicy, who liked us on social media, is the winner of the raffle basket of healthy foods. This prize was raffled among all the new friends who joined the Centro SOL team during the heart month Daicy, from Ecuador, is a mother of two, she and her family live in the greektown area in front of the hospital at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Challenges like affordability, and language, and mix immigrant status at home, make very difficult for these families to access healthcare resources. Centro SOL in collaboration with local organizations, and Johns Hopkins bases groups like Bienestar, … Continue reading

Centro SOL -Bienestar Health Fair – Gallery

Los mejores momentos de la Feria de Salud 2016 Favorite moments of the Health Fair 2016 Closing National Heart Month This year’s event was themed around the National Heart Month to create awareness about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity to prevent heart disease and diabetes. This event was also a celebration of our community and its diversity. We are thankful for all the organizations that provided free services, and the hardwork of volunteers. In  addition, we thank the John Ruhrah school for facilitating the process, and the Judy Center for providing so many resources.  Extremadamente agradecidos por … Continue reading

Response to deportations – Respuesta a las deportaciones

Aquí encontrará algunas respuestas, eventos, y comentarios a la reciente medida sobre inmigración que afecta a familias y comunidades latinas. Here you will find responses, events, and comments about the recent immigration measures affecting Latino families and communities. Apoyo a la comunidad inmigrante de Montgomery County Government​: Queremos que todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad sepan que son libres de realizar su vida diaria, asistir a la escuela y al trabajo, a las agencias de servicios sociales, hospitales y clínicas médicas, organizaciones comunitarias y edificios públicos, al igual que supermercados y otras áreas comerciales. Lea todo la comunicación haciendo clic aquí … Continue reading

Latino Family Advisory Board (Consejo de Familias Latinas)

The Latino Family Advisory Board (LFAB) has been very active since its creation four years ago. The board follows a unique model, not only working on research, but also strengthening community-building, and promoting cultural competency among Johns Hopkins staff. Two manuscripts have been released at the end of 2015, highlighting this program, the model, and the outcomes. We invite you to check them out: First one titled Engagement of Limited English Proficient Latino Families: Lessons Learned from Advisory Board Development published in the Prog Community Health Partnership Journal. Second article Voice and a Vote: The Advisory Board Experiences of Spanish-Speaking Latina Mothers published in the … Continue reading

Embajadores de Salud improving the health of Latino families

Our Embajadores de Salud program is committed to educate and improve the community well-being. The program started as a series of lectures back in 2013 with a handful of people. Today, the program has several components including Yo Puedo, a wellness program based on health education and physical activity, Charlas en la comunidad, that provides lectures around health topics of interest for the Latino community, and Summer Lectures, a condensed series of lectures on health topics offered by doctors and Hopkins students, during the summer, hosted in a faith based organization. The program counts with more than 40 consistent Spanish-speaking participants, and … Continue reading

This Christmas, adopt a family

It is easy to bring joy to some families this Christmas in three easy steps: Select your family from the list below of 9 families identified by the Children’s Medical Practice social worker, find the green to see their wishlist, and adopt a family this Christmas, fill out the contact us form, email us to centrosol@jhmi.edu, or call us to 410.550.1129 to arrange delivery of donation. Deadline December 17, 2015 Please note: names used here are changed to keep families information confidential. You will not be introduced to the family you adopt. However, your name may be listed in a thank you page. Please … Continue reading

Feria de Salud – Health Fair

New date-Nueva fecha: 2/27/2016 If you had the chance to join us at the Health Fair in 2015, you know the big success it was! In partnership with organizations and individuals who care about the health of the Latino Community, this event is taking place again on 2016! We are ready to welcome the new year with healthier goals. We are happy to kick-off during this event the Embajadores de Salud Program to Prevent Diabetes, and improve health and well-being of our Latino neighbors. Our host this time is John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School and the Judy Center. The school has over … Continue reading