Group to tackle urban ills
Warning that "we're in for a marathon, not a sprint," President
William R. Brody has charged an
unusual multidivisional council of health and human services
specialists with devising new ways in which Johns Hopkins can
partner with civic, government and business groups to tackle an
enduring health crisis in East Baltimore.
The group, known as the President's Council on
Urban Health, or PCUH, is to submit its recommendations to Brody
by the end of the academic year.
"You only need to take two steps outside the
doors of The Johns Hopkins Hospital to understand that the
communities surrounding the hospital are suffering," Brody said.
"In many areas the health indices of local residents are closer
to those of people in developing nations than to their fellow
Americans. We have an obligation to the community to try to
New Reading Institute
Imagine a reading program that blends Hopkins' expertise in
teacher training and education research with the Kennedy Krieger
Institute's cutting-edge pediatric neurological diagnostic
and rehabilitation practices, a program implemented by the state
so that it is at the fingertips of every child, teacher and
parent in Maryland.
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Maryland State
Superintendent of Education Nancy Grasmick announced a new
partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education,
Hopkins and Kennedy Krieger. It is called the Reading Institute,
and it may revolutionize instruction in reading throughout
Maryland. Its vision is to reach all children in Maryland
learning to read, especially those who stumble early on.
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