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Saluting Programa Salud
I am pleased to see that the Hopkins community will be able to read about the wonderful student groups that are doing work in the Baltimore community ["V is for Volunteering," April].
Unfortunately, I was quite surprised and disappointed that Programa Salud (www.jhu.edu/salud) was not included. We are the only student group that encompasses all Hopkins Baltimore campuses, and we are a totally student-run health initiative for the Latino/Hispanic community in Baltimore.
We will be holding medical interpretation training this
summer, and we advocate for increased training and
coursework in medical Spanish and cultural competency for
health providers and students. We have been nationally
recognized by CampusCares as an outstanding student group
and received commendations from the Baltimore City Health
Commissioner for our work in the community over the last
five years. We have also had student groups around the
country, including UChicago Medical School, start their own
I have just finished reading "Separate Fates" [February]. Please accept my sincere commendation for an outstanding article. Gary Logan captured every aspect of that magnificent effort to separate those two beautiful children. I was touched by the medical team's professionalism, their profound skills, and their deep emotional caring. Yes, they lost one child, but saved another to be the focus of their parents' love, caring, and affection.
I currently consult for the Johns Hopkins Division of
Public Safety. As a retired colonel from the Baltimore
County Police Department, I have witnessed both lives lost
and saved. Nothing is sadder than losing a child, nor as
rewarding as saving one. I am proud of my colleagues
throughout the Johns Hopkins educational and medical
I enjoyed the moving remarks by Ernie Bates excerpted in
the February issue
["Leadership Weekend Unfolds,"
p. 64]. I was the play-by-play commentator for Hopkins
football on WJHU during that era and witnessed many of the
things to which he referred, particularly when we played
the colleges in Virginia. Ernie's calm courage, Coach
Bridger's even but firm demeanor, and the support of
Ernie's teammates made a lasting impression on me. One
learns a lot of life lessons outside the classroom.
In "Hopkins-Sponsored High School Mixes Business with Education" (April, p. 24), we incorrectly called Hopkins' Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) a sponsor of the Academy for College and Career Exploration. IPS is a partner on the project and operates under a grant from the Mayor's Office of Employment Development.
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