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The B Lab is housed in the Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The B Lab is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health, a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center focused on assisting urban youth in becoming health and productive adults and the Johns Hopkins Center for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, a MCHB focused on promoting the health and well-being of women, infants, children, adolescents and their families in the United States.

OUR FOCUS

B Lab is focused on supporting the needs of Black adolescents and young adults 10-24 years old living in urban communities across the U.S. Currently, most of our work is based in Baltimore, MD – Charm City. 

OUR VALUES

Youth are at the center of what we do. Using health equity and trauma informed lenses, we take a multi-pronged approach to understanding and addressing the factors that contribute to their health and well-being. By consulting with youth and inviting them to be partners in research, we seek to ensure that their voices are always heard and incorporated in our work. We work with youth to ensure that our work is relevant, useful and feasible to the families we hope to serve. Particularly for vulnerable youth, and those impacted by trauma this approach is necessary and mandatory.
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Collaborate with Community Partners

Partnerships with churches, libraries and community-based organizations are a cornerstone of our work. These spaces represent underutilized, yet potential tools of change. In predominantly Black neighborhoods, resources are often scarce and health disparities persist. However, community entities are viable partners to help reduce health disparities and mitigate the negative effects of trauma. They are multigenerational spaces that allow people to feel safe and where youth can find a range of supports to thrive

Partnerships with churches, libraries and community-based organizations are a cornerstone of our work. These spaces represent underutilized, yet potential tools of change. In predominantly Black neighborhoods, resources are often scarce and health disparities persist. However, community entities are viable partners to help reduce health disparities and mitigate the negative effects of trauma. They are multigenerational spaces that allow people to feel safe and where youth can find a range of supports to thrive

Partnerships with churches, libraries and community-based organizations are a cornerstone of our work. These spaces represent underutilized, yet potential tools of change. They are multigenerational spaces that allow people to feel safe and where youth can find a range of supports to thrive.

Share What

We Learn

We have a commitment to dissemination and translation. We demonstrate our commitment by publishing peer-reviewed publications, creating easy to use practice-based products (e.g., reports, toolkits, intervention modules) for partners, presenting our research to colleagues, community groups and other stakeholders and posting community-engaged, adolescent health relevant content on Twitter and Instagram. These efforts help support equitable access to opportunities and information.

We have a commitment to dissemination and translation. We demonstrate our commitment by publishing peer-reviewed publications, creating easy to use practice-based products (e.g., reports, toolkits, intervention modules) for partners, presenting our research to colleagues, community groups and other stakeholders and posting community-engaged, adolescent health relevant content on Twitter and Instagram. These efforts help support equitable access to opportunities and information.

We have a commitment to dissemination and translation. We demonstrate our commitment by publishing peer-reviewed publications and creating easy to use practice-based products for partners, colleagues, and other stakeholders.

Train and Support Future Leaders

We offer an interactive training experiences and support trainees as they grow. Our teaching efforts are characterized by (1) practicing relevant skills (e.g., writing, presenting, and critical thinking), (2) including multiple voices (e.g., students, instructors, and adolescents) and (3) cultivating a safe learning environment (e.g., acknowledging trauma is widespread and integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices). Extending teaching from the classroom to the community is essential.  As such, we have developed training tools for intervention implementation, as well as led workshops on adolescent health and development to community groups.

We offer interactive training experiences and support trainees as they grow. Our teaching efforts are characterized by (1) practicing relevant skills, (2) including multiple voices (e.g., students, instructors, and adolescents) and (3) cultivating safe learning environments (e.g., integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices). Extending teaching from the classroom to the community is essential. 

Conduct High-Quality Research

We use community-engaged research approaches to conduct mix-methods research related to adolescent health. Core content areas include substance use prevention and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. We hope that our research will help improve the health outcomes of young people and families and Baltimore and beyond.

We use community-engaged research approaches to conduct mix-methods research related to adolescent health. Core content areas include substance use prevention and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. We hope that our research will help improve the health outcomes of young people and families and Baltimore and beyond.

We use community-engaged research approaches to conduct mixed-methods research related to adolescent sexual health and substance use prevention. We hope that our research will help improve the health outcomes of young people and families in Baltimore and beyond.

YOUTH