Reaching out from the confines of the East Baltimore campus, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing students and faculty are taking their skills and knowledge to the streets. This year their work is not only benefiting the surrounding neighborhoods, but also winning awards.
Student Emeline Mugisha, the Nursing Student Association, and faculty mentor Ibby Tanner, PhD, MS, RN, have been awarded the 2011-2012 Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE) Community Service Awards for their contribution to the local community.
Mugisha helped to implement an HIV outreach program, “The Pedagogy of Empowerment: Promoting HIV Prevention and Status Awareness among Young Adults in Baltimore City.” Aimed to empower young adults to be leaders in HIV protection, this program focuses on education, rapid oral HIV testing, and HIV care and support services. Mugisha teaches HIV prevention curriculum to volunteers and young adults in hopes they will spread the knowledge even further, and she played a prominent role in leading the first-ever Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health (JHSPH) World AIDS Day Community Fair in 2012 as the African Public Health Network (APHN) representative.
The Nursing Student Association was recognized for continued dedication to the community through multiple projects including working with the Children’s House offering fellowship opportunities to families of children receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital, planting trees and assisting in SOURCE food drives, participating in legislative activities in Maryland, and partnering with local groups such as the House of Ruth and Yo! Academy. The Nursing Student Association also formed a Disaster Relief Committee that assembles disaster kits for members of the community and provides education in disaster planning, first aid, and public safety. In a special project celebrating National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12), the Association collected donations, prepared, and shipped care packages for military nurses overseas.
Committed to interprofessional education and geriatric issues, Ibby Tanner participates in community service outreach through her role as a faculty advisor for the JHUSON Geriatric Interest Group and Daniels Scholar/Interprofessional Education Program. She assists the Baltimore geriatric population by organizing home visits, health fairs, and social events at assisted living facilities including the Apostolic Towers and Stadium Place. Her commitment to Johns Hopkins and Baltimore’s elderly residents aspires to strengthen the community and the relationship between the JHUSON and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM).
The awards were presented April 18th at the SOURCE Volunteer Appreciation and Service Awards Luncheon at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Assistant Director of SOURCE Noah Smock says, “These recognitions provide positive peer pressure for other students, faculty and staff to engage in opportunities in the community around them.”
SOURCE provides academic, professional and personal development opportunities for the members of the JHU Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health through community outreach and service-learning partnerships with community-based organizations. SOURCE serves as a channel for student, faculty, and staff involvement with community organizations and local projects. The Center has a particular, but not exclusive focus on East Baltimore neighborhoods in close proximity to the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions campus.