Johns Hopkins to host discussion of Baltimore's public health challenges

Bloomberg School event will include U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen, community leaders

The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health will host a discussion forum focusing on public health challenges in Baltimore on Friday, with scheduled speakers including U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen. A panel featuring Baltimore community leaders and performances by local artists are also planned.

Image caption: U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen

The event, "Engage Baltimore: A Day of Reflection and Progress," will examine recent events in the city catalyzed by the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, factors causing inequity affecting Baltimore citizens, and innovative public health solutions to address the challenges facing the city. The conversation will include voices from the greater Baltimore community and serve as an opportunity for JHU students, staff, and faculty to engage in action-oriented discussions about their roles in facilitating change.

Members of the Johns Hopkins community are invited to participate via live webcast, which will be available at the event's website and on the Johns Hopkins Ustream channel. Keynote speakers will present in the morning from 9 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. The afternoon session will include smaller discussion groups; this portion of the event will not be available via webcast.

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