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Social Innovation Lab Announces New Class of Changemakers

Social Innovation Lab Announces New Class of Changemakers

Since 2011, 52 nonprofits and mission-driven for-profits have participated in the Social Innovation Lab, securing a total of $13 million in funding and positively impacting more than 268,000 lives.

On Oct. 26, SIL director Darius Graham welcomed the 2016 cohort. This group of 10 teams aims to build upon the success of previous cohorts by continuing to create change and build opportunities in Baltimore and beyond.

“These ventures were selected through a highly-competitive process from a pool of 53 applicants,” Graham says. “In addition to being promising solutions to pressing social issues in the areas of health, education and community development, these ventures and their leaders represent the strength and diversity of Baltimore’s social innovation and entrepreneurship community.”

Meet the 2016 cohort:

Social Innovation Lab 2016-2017 Cohort

Touching Young Lives – Provides education and tools to help lower the occurrence of sudden infant death syndrome across Maryland. Operated by Shantell Roberts, community member.

ReLac – Developing a vending machine technology and related services to provide breast pumping supplies to working moms. Operated by Meg Stoltzfus, Johns Hopkins University staff.

Beacon – A mobile application for anonymous, text-based group therapy that utilizes advanced natural language processing techniques to increase treatment accessibility for patients and the efficiency of mental health care providers. Operated by three Whiting School of Engineering students: undergraduate Shrenik Jain and alums Ravi Shah and Satya Bommaraju.

Bent Carrot – Strengthens urban communities by reducing food insecurity and promoting healthful eating. Operated by Mark Corser, community member.

The Whole Teacher – Provides health and wellness services to teachers in order to help reduce burn-out and increase retention. Operated by Jenna Shaw, a Johns Hopkins University alum from the School of Education.

Squadz – Squadz is a social activity and venue booking platform that connects the community to play pickup sports, while generating revenue for community centers and recreation facilities. Operated by Nikhil Panu, a Johns Hopkins University graduate student in the Whiting School of Engineering.

B-360/BCCC STEM Scholars – Exposes residents to STEM and increases diversity in these fields by meeting students at their level and providing job readiness and a pipeline starting at the GED or community college levels. Operated by Brittany Young, community member.

Project Charmify – Brings small-scale investment to Baltimore communities in the form of vacant lot revitalization and community-driven programming. Operated by three Johns Hopkins University undergrads: Elyse Oliver (Krieger School of Arts & Sciences), Darius Irani (Whiting School of Engineering) and Jack Alpert (Krieger School of Arts & Sciences).

The Listening Lab – The Listening Lab is a music listening education program that teaches fourth- and fifth-grade students awareness, concentration and intentional listening skills through a series of classroom sessions and live orchestra concerts. Operated by Rebecca Smithorn and AnnMarie Stockmeyer, community members.

Intelehealth – Improving access to comprehensive primary health care for the last mile through telemedicine. Operated by Johns Hopkins students Neha Goel (graduate student in the School of Medicine), Amal Afroz Alam (graduate student in the Whiting School of Engineering) and Emily Eggert (alum from the Whiting School of Engineering).

Take a look by the numbers:

Social Innovation Lab 2016 Cohort Stats

Social Innovation Lab 2016 Cohort Stats

Click here to learn more about the Social Innovation Lab!


Join Us for a Fireside Chat with Robert Califf,…

To the Johns Hopkins Medicine community

Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty members, staff members and students are invited to join Landon King, executive vice dean for the school of medicine, and Robert Califf, commissioner of food and drugs for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for a fireside chat about the role of academic medicine in public health. The open forum will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Chevy Chase Bank Auditorium at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Confirmed as the FDA’s commissioner in February 2016, Dr. Califf is committed to strengthening programs and policies that enable the agency to carry out its mission to protect and promote the public’s health. The fireside chat will culminate his daylong visit with Johns Hopkins Medicine leadership to discuss ways in which Johns Hopkins Medicine, and other academic medical institutions, can assist the FDA in advancing public health through evidence generation, post-market surveillance, strengthening and diversifying the next generation of scientists, and initiatives like precision medicine.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Califf served as the FDA’s deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco, providing executive leadership to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and the Center for Tobacco Products. He also oversaw the Office of Special Medical Programs and provided direction for cross-cutting clinical, scientific and regulatory initiatives, including precision medicine, combination products, orphan drugs, pediatric therapeutics and the advisory committee system. Before joining the FDA, Dr. Califf was a professor of medicine and vice chancellor of clinical and translational research at Duke University, and is the founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Dr. Califf earned his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in cardiovascular medicine, health outcomes research, health care quality and clinical research. He has led many landmark clinical trials and holds the distinction of being recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the 10 most cited medical authors, with more than 1,200 peer-reviewed publications.

For your convenience, you have the opportunity to view the meeting live from a computer or mobile device. Learn more.

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