MERIT In The News!
"Baltimore Program Wins National Award For Summer Learning"
August 17, 2019
MERIT was honored to receive the Excellence in Summer Learning Award from the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) earlier this month. Out of 250 applicants, MERIT was one of only three national winners! This prestigious award came with a $10,000 prize and the opportunity to present at the NSLA's national conference in Atlanta. This summer, MERIT ran four different summer programs in which scholars shadowed health care providers across Baltimore, engaged in high-level laboratory biomedical research, and served their communities at local non-profit organizations. Read more about the award in this Patch news feature!
Each year, the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute offers a $15,000 award to a Baltimore City community-based program working in partnership with Johns Hopkins faculty, students, or staff. In honor of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells helped create ground-breaking advances in medical research, the award highlights the importance of community-university collaborations, recognizes the accomplishments achieved, and continues to support the efforts of the partnership. We are proud to say that MERIT Health Leadership Academy was the recipient of the Ninth Annual Henrietta Lacks Award.
Learn more and watch the official Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award Video in this feature article in the Urban Health Institute Blog.
Before MERIT won the Excellence in Summer Learning Award from the National Summer Learning Association, we were one of few finalists. This honor was prestigious enough for a feature on NBC-Affiliate Channel 11 News's "Education Alert."
Listen to Executive Director Jake Weinfeld and MERIT Scholar Kanira Jones discuss the impact of our amazing summer programming on WBAL-TV news.
"AAMC Report Examines How to Increase the Pipeline of Black Men Entering Medical School"
December 1, 2015
An AAMC report from 2015 addresses the underrepresentation of minority students in medicine while highlighting the unique challenges black men face on the path towards the field.
In this JAMA article, MERIT is featured as a strategy for success in providing support to minority teens interested in medical careers and, ultimately, increasing diversity in medicine.
Read the full JAMA article here.