Imagine: Training Youth Health Journalists To Advance The Health Policy Discourse!

I am very excited to share more information about a project near and dear to my heart: The Urban Health Media Project.  Jayne O’Donnell, Healthcare Policy Reporter at USA Today, and I are the co-founders of the Project and it was developed as a resource to augment current public discourse on health policy issues with informed perspectives from adolescents.

The Urban Health Media Project is intended to identify, train and deploy cadres of student health journalists to engage with significant community, health and political leaders to explore key issues from their perspectives. Through wide dissemination of their reportage, these young journalists will make a meaningful contribution to a more holistic, insightful and inclusionary public policy formulation.

The Urban Health Media Project will be conducted under the auspices and expertise of the journalism programs at Howard University in Washington and Morgan State University in Baltimore. The Project will be led by Associate Professor Yanick Rice Lamb, Chair, Department of Media, Journalism and Film in the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University and Associate Professor Jacqueline Jones, Chair, Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University. Both institutions have an impressive track record of excellence in journalism and education and share a passion for using journalism as a mechanism for responsible and inclusionary public policy formulation. Their reputations will permit access to exemplary working journalists who will help train participating students about the fundamentals of journalism and provide access to inspiring role models.

All of us at The Urban Health Media Project are indebted to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for its financial and intellectual support. This Foundation has a long history of working with communities to create the conditions necessary for optimal health. We anticipate that this project will add important perspectives to those efforts.

Please take a minute to peruse the Urban Health Media Project’s website to learn more about the Project; the Faculty and Instructors; and to read some of the articles authored by our Students. We are very prideful regarding this innovative effort and the bright and dedicated students we have enrolled in this endeavor.