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The 2014-15 President’s Fellows: From left, Alisha Ellis, Jessica Galang, Emily Meyer, Dorothy Kenny, Jazmyn Thompson, Maurice Mayo, and Emily Smith Goering.

Fellows Say ‘I Do’ to Community Engagement

White Paper Wrap Up

The President’s Fellows gave an impressive wrap-up presentation on April 13 of their yearlong White Paper project. Titled “UMB Community Engagement in West Baltimore: When is the Wedding?” the presentation raised many interesting points and thoughtful recommendations for the crowd of 70-plus that packed a room at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center.

The 2014-2015 President’s Fellows — Alisha Ellis (Carey School of Law), Jessica Galang (School of Nursing), Emily Smith Goering (School of Social Work/Graduate School), Dorothy Kenny (School of Medicine), Maurice Mayo (School of Social Work), Emily Meyer (School of Dentistry), and Jazmyn Thompson (School of Medicine) — each took part in the 45-minute presentation, which was followed by an enthusiastic question-and-answer session.

University President Jay A. Perman, MD, opened the presentation by thanking the students and the co-sponsors, the Center for Community-Based Engagement and Learning (CBEL) and the Office of Interprofessional Learning and Service Initiatives, and welcoming a visiting group from Haifa University in Israel. He also thanked UMB’s partners in West Baltimore.

“I’d like to specifically acknowledge the many residents of West Baltimore who shared their thoughts on the University’s efforts to date — and how, together, we might accelerate progress going forward,” Perman said. “A credible paper was possible only with our neighbors’ open and candid contributions.”

Challenges & Opportunities for Community Engagement

The President’s Fellows discussed the process, the history of UMB and West Baltimore, current challenges/opportunities, community perspectives, current engagement efforts, and what other universities are doing.

The topic of engagement naturally led into a wedding analogy, with Mayo saying you want to learn all you can about your significant other before entering into such a relationship.

Ellis likewise quoted Kim Richards of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, who was one of six speakers in the 2014-2015 President’s Symposium Lecture Series at UMB. Richards said:

“‘Engagement’ is used to get points. University will engage with data, will engage with statistics, but will not engage with the people … even if they get to the point of engagement, there is no wedding. To get to the point of the wedding, it takes both parties to have a shared recognition of what the problem is.”

At the end of the presentation, the President’s Fellows gave their recommendations:

Remove Barriers

Short-term goal: Institutional power analysis workshop for students, faculty, and staff receiving a CBEL grant

Long-term goal: Mandatory power analysis and privilege workshop for all students, faculty, and staff across UMB schools

Sustainability and Expansion

Short-term goals: Identify funding from corporate foundations; identify funding from private foundations; take ownership of the CAN database system

Long-term goals: Create an Urban Extension Center modeled after Drexel’s Dornsife Center; fund programming that is modeled on Just Advice (Carey School of Law program); hire a community engagement project manager and a communications manager

Organization and Communication

Short-term goals: Hire a student to manage mapping system, advertise system to UMB community, encourage faculty to keep system up-to-date and relevant

Long-term goal: Create a more structured online space at UMB within five years

Organization, Communication and Visibility

Short-term goal: Create a community engagement advisory structure or “leadership table”

Long-term goal: UMB and its schools will have concrete lines of communication with West Baltimore community stakeholders within five years

Then, keeping with the “wedding” theme, everyone in the room was asked to recite community engagement “vows” shown on a screen.


Said Perman: “I assure you that UMB is working toward much more than a wedding. Because, if you do it right, community engagement is a marriage — a long, mutually enriching marriage. And that’s the goal that guides us.”

The President’s Symposium and White Paper Project is an interprofessional initiative that engages faculty, staff, and students from all UMB schools and academic programs in a yearlong conversation on a topic that is of interest and importance to the University and its community. Previous topics include urban renewal (2011-2012), civility (2012-2013), and interprofessional education (2013-2014).

Chris ZangCollaboration, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB NewsApril 15, 20150 comments
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UMB Focuses on Interprofessional Education

Leaders in interprofessional education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) recently gave students and faculty several key opportunities to improve their skills in working across disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Seminar

One event, taking place Wednesday (April 16) is the inaugural interdisciplinary seminar: “Not Quite What They Were Planning: Evaluating Unintended Consequences of Prescription Medications.”

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all six professional schools at UMB will be engaged with a researcher whose work has influenced global health policy. He is William Cooper, MD, MPH, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University.

President’s Fellows Presentation

Everyone is invited to an event on April 21, when the President’s Fellows at UMB present their findings on the most effective ways for the University to embrace IPE going forward.


The most far-reaching of the three events intended to strengthen collaboration drew hundreds to IPE Day on Feb. 19.

More than 500 people attended, including 40 faculty members and students from UMB facilities at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville, Md., and participants from other institutions. Ethics was the topic of a keynote speech by a guest lecturer.

School of Nursing (SON) Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the University’s Center for Interprofessional Education, spoke about the launch of the center last November.

Scenarios Focus on Ethics

During 11 scenarios focused on ethics, shown in a photo gallery, students from all seven schools at the University solved thorny case studies presented by interdisciplinary faculty teams. Several cases featured actors, known as standardized patients, who filled the roles of patients and family members.

President’s Symposium and White Paper Project

IPE is this year’s topic for the President’s Symposium and White Paper Project, and the interdisciplinary group of fellows explored how to best integrate IPE into UMB’s curricula and/or co-curricular activities. The fellows presentation on April 21 includes a reception and remarks by UMB President Jay A. Perman MD, who has made IPE a priority.

The fellows are Tyler Coyle, MD, Graduate School/School of Medicine; Curtis Gallagher, Graduate School/School of Medicine; Alexis Gorden, MD, School of Medicine; Minerva Hughes, PhD, UM Carey School of Law; Jueli Li, School of Pharmacy; Vy Nguyen, School of Pharmacy; Kimberly Solovy, School of Social Work; and Kaila Williams, School of Social Work.

As part of their IPE research, the fellows conducted a survey earlier this year of stakeholders on campus. To prepare their white paper, which will be available in May, the fellows drew from the presentations and scholarship of national leaders in interprofessional eduation who have appeared during the Speakers Series.

IPE Leaders

IPE leaders include Kirschling, who in March completed a term as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Susan Meyer, PhD, associate dean for education and professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy; Carol Aschenbrener, MD, chief medical education officer, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the association’s founding representative to the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC); and Madeline H. Schmitt, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, professor emeritus, University of Rochester School of Nursing.

The most recent speaker was Barbara Brandt, PhD, professor and associate vice president for education, University of Minnesota, which hosts the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. This national coordinating center is supported by a federal grant to encourage collaborative practice and development of IPE nationwide at universities such as UMB.

The 2014 IPE Day activities were supported by a gift from Sylvia and James Earl, PhD, and the family’s Helena Foundation. He is secretary of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc.

Photo caption: UMB students form a health care team to discuss a case about genetic risks to be explained to expectant parents during a scenario on IPE Day. From left to right, Changjun Zhang and Lauren Haggerty of the School of Pharmacy, Polly Reinicker of the School of Social Work, and Emily Brown of the School of Medicine’s genetic counseling program participate in one of 11 scenarios based on ethics.

Patricia FanningClinical Care, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, UMB NewsApril 14, 20140 comments
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Civility in Practice

On one of our many January evenings that featured very low temperatures and precipitation, I found myself wandering the Pratt Street garage, unable to locate my car. As a relatively new faculty member, I had taken seriously colleagues’ cautions about interacting with strangers on the street, but when a friendly man slowed to ask if he could help me locate my vehicle, I gladly accepted. We drove through the garage levels until I spotted my car. I introduced myself and thanked him for his kindness. “You’re more than welcome,” he said. “My name is Jay Perman.”

Mark Mishra, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

The ElmPeople, University LifeFebruary 11, 20140 comments
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Kids to Farmers’ Market Program Combats Childhood Obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese in 2010. Obese youths are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bone and joint problems, and sleep apnea.

Social and psychological problems such as poor self-esteem and being ostracized by peers also are worse with obesity. In addition, obese youths are more likely to be obese as adults, when they would be subject to the same health risks.

A Project to Instill a Healthy Lifestyle

Kids_4749-elmA healthy lifestyle, focusing on good eating and exercise, is the best strategy for obesity prevention. Communities, schools, and medical care providers can all influence these behaviors in children. To that end, on behalf of Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), Jennifer Litchman, MA, special assistant to Perman and chief communications officer and vice president in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, assembled a UMB and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) team to create the Kids to Farmers’ Market project, which focuses on improving the eating habits and physical activity of inner city schoolchildren on Baltimore’s Westside.

The team, assembled in 2012, has so far planned and executed two successful Kids to Farmers’ Market seasons. The program’s initial goals were to expose the children to local, sustainable foods, and to teach them about the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. During the past year, the team offered more educational sessions in two local schools, with a focus on healthy eating and physical activity.

How the Program Works

A University bus brings a fourth or fifth grade class, along with teachers and chaperones, to the weekly farmers’ market in University Plaza. The Kids to Farmers’ Market team gives each student a backpack stuffed with healthy-eating information, seasonal fruit and vegetable recipes, and $10 of “farmers’ market bucks” that can be used to buy items. The children are divided into three groups: one group shops, one attends a chef’s cooking demonstration, and one goes to a nutrition class led by a registered dietitian or nutrition intern. The groups rotate until all students complete each activity. At the end of the session, the types of foods the students bought are documented, and each child receives a healthy lunch to take back to school.

Shopping at the Market

In the first year, the children were told to limit their market purchases to fruits and vegetables. The first question a student asked was, “Can I buy the pickles?” Since pickles are vegetables, the answer was “yes.” This year, the children were allowed to buy anything at the market, with the hope that after being educated about healthy eating, they would make more fruit and vegetable choices. There were too many temptations though, so next year the rules might need to be reconsidered.

The children chatted with the farmers, asking them about the locations of their farms and the types of crops they grow. The farmers often gave the students a piece of fruit to try, or reduced the prices of their produce. The children asked questions about odd-looking vegetables, and they talked about ways their families cook vegetables at home. While the students shopped, the UMB/UMMC team shared healthy cooking ideas.

The Chef’s Demo

KFM_4867-elmDanielle Clair, catering chef at CulinArt dining services, developed an interactive component of the Kids to Farmers’ Market program. By preparing a seasonal recipe and explaining each step, she taught the children cooking techniques while describing each ingredient as she went along. Recipes she prepared and offered for tasting included watermelon salad kabobs, cheesy spaghetti squash, and pumpkin dip with fresh apples.

One student was hesitant to taste the spaghetti squash, but after high-spirited cheering from his classmates, he ate some and said it was “pretty good.” Many of the children were excited to share the recipes with their families.

The Nutrition Class

UMMC dietetic interns and registered dietitians developed and presented the class this year, emphasizing the following: benefits of eating local and seasonal fruits and vegetables from a farmer’s market, the need to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables of different colors, and the importance of making the plate for every meal be half fruits and vegetables. Some of the questions asked by the children were: “Are any fruits and vegetables good for your eyes?” “How do fruits and vegetables help us play sports?” “What’s the difference between canned and fresh fruit and vegetables?”

This year, to supplement the healthy lifestyle messages of Kids to Farmers’ Market, team members went to the two schools and led nutrition education, physical fitness instruction, and herb and vegetable planting activities. The program also presented Foodplay, a school assembly program that showcased the benefits of healthy eating habits and active lifestyles through music, magic, and live theater.

The Kids to Farmers’ Market team is evaluating the program’s effectiveness before the farmer’s market reopens this spring. “Our hope is that this UMB/UMMC initiative will enable us to make a meaningful difference in the health of school children right here in our own neighborhood,” says Litchman.

UMB Members

The UMB team members are Litchman; Office of Communications and Public Affairs staff members Holly Baier, assistant director of special events, Saifa Bikim-Edeze, office manager, and Nancy Gordon, executive director of protocol and special events; Greer Huffman, community outreach coordinator, Office of the President; and Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, Office of Government and Community Affairs.

UMMC Members

The UMMC team members are Denise Choiniere, MS, RN, materials management director; Christine Dobmeier, RD, LDN, CSR, senior nutrition specialist; Justin Graves, RN, BSN, sustainability coordinator; LaVette Jackson, customer service program coordination; Ellen Loreck, MS, RD, LDN, director, clinical nutrition services; and Anne Williams, DNP, RN, senior manager, community empowerment and health education.

Ellen LoreckFor B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB NewsJanuary 28, 20140 comments
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Haddon Tops List of Influential Legal Educators

UM Carey School of Law Dean Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, has been named “one of the most influential people in legal education” by The National Jurist for the second consecutive year. Haddon was ranked ninth of the 25 individuals recognized on the list, published in the January 2014 issue. Haddon ranked 12th in the magazine’s 2013 issue.

Commitment to Excellence

“I’m honored that the The National Jurist has again recognized the UM Carey School of Law for its commitment to excellence in legal education and its promise to provide students, especially those from diverse backgrounds, with the skills to achieve success in our field,” said Haddon.

How the List Was Made

The magazine requested nominations from every law school in the nation. Its editors selected 50 candidates and then sent the list to law school deans and others of influence in the legal community, asking them to rate each nominee.

Haddon’s Interests

Haddon has grown increasingly concerned about what she calls “the mismatch” in law today. As she has said in several recent presentations to academic and professional groups, “We have thousands of highly trained but unemployed young lawyers and millions of moderate and lower-income people who need legal counsel. Our challenge is to bring them together.”

Legal Scholar and Major Fundraiser

An accomplished legal scholar with expertise in constitutional and tort law, Haddon is recognized for securing the largest gift in the law school’s history – the $30 million gift from the W.P. Carey Foundation – one of the top 10 largest gifts to any law school, and one of the largest in the University System of Maryland.

“I am especially pleased to congratulate Dean Haddon on her consecutive selection as one of the nation’s shining stars in legal education,” said University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD.

Haddon will resign as dean at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. After a sabbatical to conduct research on legal education, she will return to the law school faculty and to teaching.

Jill YeskoUMB NewsJanuary 16, 20140 comments
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New Downtown Partnership Chair

“Jay Perman is a unique mixture of gentility, strength, and vision.” And with those generous words, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB) President Kirby Fowler introduced the group’s new chair to the applause of a crowd of several hundred at the DPOB’s annual meeting. The Downtown Partnership is a non-profit corporation that seeks to create a vibrant community for businesses, property owners, residents, employees, and visitors. Its board of directors includes more than 50 leaders from the city’s most significant commercial, government, and non-profit institutions.

University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD, reminded the group that his stake in the vitality of Baltimore’s downtown area goes beyond his leadership of the area’s largest employer. “I live here. I live in downtown Baltimore,” Perman said, before touting the University’s most recent accomplishments.

“We have 470,000 square feet of space at the (University of Maryland) BioPark and it’s now 96 percent leased,” Perman said, including the $200 million Proton Therapy Cancer Treatment Center, scheduled to open in 2014. “I know many of you saw the news yesterday,” he added. “We put shovels in the dirt on a $305 million research facility.”

Perman also described one of the University’s forward-thinking efforts to create jobs. University of Maryland Ventures was launched in 2012 to help accelerate technology commercialization and advance industry collaboration. Together with the university’s sister campus in College Park, UM Ventures brings discoveries out of the lab and into the marketplace. “In FY13 through UM Ventures we started 11 new companies,” he said. “When you attract talented people and support their needs, what you get is a wonderful result.”

Perman will have big shoes to fill as chair of the Downtown Partnership. President Kirby Fowler recalled for the group some of the accomplishments of outgoing chair John Frisch. Under Frisch’s leadership, some aging skywalks have come down and another at Charles and Pratt streets is set to follow.” We want to bring people down to the street,” Fowler said, “and back into retail.”

Fowler listed a half-dozen examples of new upscale residential development in the downtown area, including a project at 10 Light St. that he said is “going to be transformed into some of the highest-end apartments we’ll have.” He unveiled a new, 80-second video that will be used to encourage continued residential growth by promoting Baltimore as a “cool” place to live. “At the end of the day, everyone wants to feel as passionate about where they are as about what they do,” he said.

Fowler also explained the importance of the downtown area to Baltimore’s overall economy with some telling statistics. He said although the Downtown Management Authority (DMA) area comprises just 4 percent of the city’s area, it contributes 12 percent of the property tax revenue and 24 percent of the income tax revenue.

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, JD ’95, Baltimore Mayor and university alumna, said her administration will continue to play an important role in downtown development. “I will continue to invest in downtown and all of Baltimore City as we continue to grow Baltimore,” she said. “We plan to invest an additional $27 million in the next five years, for a total of $47.1 million in the DMA area.”

Rawlings-Blake congratulated Perman on his new role and thanked him for his ongoing partnership as her co-chair on the Westside Advisory Committee. “I want to make Baltimore better, safer, and stronger together,” she said.


Alex LikowskiCollaboration, For B'more, UMB NewsSeptember 19, 20130 comments
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