As people turned out across Baltimore on Aug. 2 to celebrate National Night Out, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) marked the event on campus and in West Baltimore. The annual outing is designed to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
The PATIENTS program, an initiative of University of Maryland: MPowering the State, participated in an outreach opportunity at Mondawmin Mall. The Western District Community Affairs Council sponsored the event in partnership with the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), the City of Baltimore, and Target.
More than a dozen representatives of PATIENTS (PATient-centered Involvement in Evaluating effectivNess of Treatment) led by C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the School of Pharmacy (check out the SOP’s National Night Out blog post), shared resources with city residents. And while enjoying the evening together, everyone had a chance to move to the music, to admire the BPD’s mounted patrol, and to meet officials such as Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana S. Wen, MD. Crowds were drawn to local entertainers including Eddie B and a dance troupe, Fearless Dancing Fire.
At UMB’s Southern Management Corporation Campus Center (SMCCC), an annual cookout to promote better relationships with police and other first-responders was hosted by the UMB Police Force. The Baltimore City Fire Department sent several representatives. Students, staff, and faculty members could pick up safety tips from UMB police officers, including Corporal John R. Jones and Detective Shantell Brown. The cookout fare was from CulinArt at the Campus Center.
Pictured above: Daniel Mullins and Jonathan Myung, center, a fourth-year student at the School of Pharmacy with a participant.