September 22, 1997
Media Contact: Terry Todesco
Phone: (410)614-4976

WHAT: Presentation on the New Dunbar-Hopkins Partnership to the New Board of School Commissioners.

WHY: Students at Dunbar High School will have an opportunity to pursue health care professions through an innovative curriculum linking students at the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School to resources provided by several Johns Hopkins Institutions, in collaboration with other notable community organizations.

Upon entering grade 9 at Dunbar, students may explore academic and professional careers including allied health, medical business, and biotechnology. The New Dunbar-Hopkins Health Partnership responds to the anticipated career and employment needs of future Dunbar graduates, as well as the health of the surrounding East Baltimore community, and the demand for more minority health professionals by the 21st century.

Dunbar and Hopkins will present their vision to the New Baltimore City Board of School of Commissioners and encourage support for Baltimore's "health careers academy" located at Dunbar.

WHO: The Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, located on Orleans Street in East Baltimore. The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Johns Hopkins University, Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and the Division of Education in the School of Continuing Studies.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 23, 1997 6:30p.m.

WHERE: Office of the School Commissioners, Board Room
200 E. North Avenue

BACKGROUND: The initial partnership between the two institutions began in 1985 and was known as the Hopkins-Dunbar Health Professions Program. In 1996, The New Dunbar-Hopkins Health Partnership pilot was launched.

Funding for the initial partnership was provided by start-up support from the Macy Foundation and the Kaiser Foundation. Basic operating funds on a continuous basis are currently provided by Dunbar High School, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University.

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