Public Health Leadership Academy
“Cultivating the next generation of public health leaders”
About the Program
Public Health Leadership Academy is the Baltimore City Health Department’s summer public health career development program for high school and college students. Both tracks of the program pair students with program staff across the department and focuses on supporting students in developing their public health careers. Students learn about the variety of career choices available and how they can prepare themselves for those careers. Students are also offered a variety of professional development opportunities, including the chance to present on their work at the end of the summer.
Track 1—High School Interns and Youth Works
- 5-week program; 25 hours/week
- Every week, 4 days spent working with program staff and 1 day a week in public health 101 class. Topics include:
- Intro to public health
- Intro to epidemiology
- Public health interventions
- Government and public policy
- Public health advocacy
- Field trip to City Hall
- Presentations by public health professionals
- Professional development sessions, including:
- Intro to PowerPoint
- Resume writing
- Public speaking and interacting with the media
- Professionalism in the workplace
- Financial literacy (provided through YouthWorks)
Track 2—Internships (College-level)
- 12-week program; 20-40 hours/week
- Work one-on-one with public health program staff
- Opportunities to do ride-alongs with animal control and restaurant inspectors
- Opportunities to network with BCHD staff
- Professional development sessions may include:
- Intro to Microsoft Outlook
- Media and public health
- Public health and GIS mapping
- Naloxone training
Youth Works Class of 2017
Malachi Alvarez will be graduating from Woodlawn High School in 2018 and would like to work for the FBI.
Tishawn Anderson will be graduating from Edmondson Westside High School in 2019 and would like to pursue a career in the medial field.
Moriah Blakeney will be graduating from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in 2021 and is interested in a career as a veterinarian or an author.
Amber Botts graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 2017 and would like to become a doctor.
Shaniya Branch graduated from Commodore John Rogers Middle School in 2017 and is thinking about a career in fashion or nursing.
Kibra Buluts is currently attending McDaniel College and is studying to become a doctor.
Jessica Cooley graduated from Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women in 2017 and is interested in a career as a cardiologist and cardiac researcher.
Lily DeBell will be graduating Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 2019 and would like to pursue a career in public health and academic medicine.
Michael Dennis will be graduating from Baltimore City College in 2018 and is thinking about a career in engineering and technology.
Erin Eaton will be graduating from Edmondson Westside High School in 2019 and would like to become a lawyer.
Jaelynne Faulknor is currently enrolled at Frostburg State University, class of 2020, and is majoring in Business Management.
Bryanna Fisher graduated from Green Street Academy in 2017 and would like to become a lawyer.
Brianna Griffin will be graduating from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in 2021 and is interested in pursuing a career in forensic science.
Ariel Hill will be graduating from Baltimore City College in 2019 and is thinking about a career in nursing.
Ashauna Lee will be graduating Friends School in 2020 and would like to pursue a career in medicine.
Tyrae Marshall will be graduating from Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women in 2020 and is interested in a career in nursing.
Courtney Medley will be graduating from Patterson High School in 2020 and would like to pursue a career in childcare.
Taylor Owens will be graduating Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 2019 and is considering a career in sports medicine.
Dayshawnae Pierce will be graduating from Reach! Partnership in 2018 and would like to become an RN.
Deyona Richardson will be graduating from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in 2020 and would like to become an actress, a writer, and a realtor.
Samina Sabree will be graduating from Bard High School Early College in 2020 and would like to study biochemistry and general literature.
Vernon Stepney, Jr. will be graduating Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 2019 and would like to pursue a career in chemical or civil engineering.
Yarnee Whitaker graduated from Reach! Partnership in 2017 and would like to pursue a career in neonatal nursing.