Dr. Tamar Mendelson, a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Pubic Health professor of american health, has received a $3.75 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to examine the relation of key health and mental health factors to youth participation in a Baltimore employment initiative, Grads2Careers, and to longer-term youth employment and health outcomes.
Dr. Mendelson is the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health, a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center, with joint appointments in the Bloomberg School’s department of mental health and department of population, family and reproductive health.
Grads2Careers aims to improve young people’s economic stability, a critical social determinant of health, and has the potential for translation and dissemination to other cities nationwide. Dr. Mendelson and her team will assess whether young people with depressive, anxiety, or trauma symptoms are as likely as those without to complete job training through Grads2Careers and whether they are as likely to have positive health, mental health, and employment outcomes over the subsequent two years.
Dr. Mendelson studies the prevention of mental health problems and the enhancement of positive development in adolescents, with a focus on promoting equity in health and well-being for urban young people. As part of that work, she collaborates with multiple community partners and young people to help reduce the number of youth who become disconnected from school, the workforce, and other key supports.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 20