Mission of Mercy, Catholic Charites Video

From Thursday September 4 until Saturday evening, September 6, Catholic Charities, along with the University of Maryland, put on a free dental clinic to serve those in need. Over the three days, 1,185 people received dental care from 1,451 volunteers.

The Healthy Black Family Project



The value of a smile


COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one third of American adults have unmet dental needs. The primary reason people forgo dental care is because of cost.

Capital News Service’s video storytelling team ViewFinder experienced this firsthand at the Mission of Mercy Health Equity Festival in College Park, Maryland, in September. The event, hosted by the University of Maryland and sponsored by Catholic Charities, drew people from across the state and beyond to receive crowns, implants, cleanings and screenings. This documentary tells the stories of their victories and disappointments.

By: Jennie Aguilar, Summer Bedard, Brad Billington, Alex Littlehales, Myleah Lofland, Carlos Marquina, Anna Muckerman, Jay Reed and Tina Vo



How the home of the Terps became a house of smiles: LiveBIG 2017-18



Health Advocates In-Reach and Research Campaign (HAIR) takes internists to Maryland barbershops



What's the Difference between a "Mentor" and a "Tormentor?"

The National Research Mentor Network (NRMN) is a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide enhanced networking and mentorship experiences in support of the training and career development of individuals from groups identified by the NIH as under-represented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science research careers. NRMN is intended to enable mentees across career stages to find effective mentors who will engage in productive, supportive and culturally responsive mentoring relationships.

At the time that Thomas’ profile was filmed, the producers also interviewed several UMD senior faculty, administrators and developing faculty speaking on the importance of faculty diversity and a culture of inclusion. NRMN is currently producing a new short film to highlight UMD's institutional commitment with these voices.


My Story: Stephen Thomas, Ph.D. from NRMN on Vimeo.

Drs. Thomas and Sandra Quinn are co-investigators on NRMN-Mentor Training Core.

Join the Health Equity Movement

In 2015, The Maryland Centre for Health Equity celebrates its 5th anniversary as a NIH/NIMHD Center of Excellence on Race, Ethnicity and Health Disparities Research within the UMD’s School of Public Health. 

Showcasing 2 of the University of Maryland’s School of Public health outreaches, the film focuses on, The Mission of Mercy & Health Equity Festival, an emergency dental clinic, sponsored and funded by M-CHE. And HAIR, a community barbershop where customers can learn about the importance and dangers of preventable chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma and some cancers.


Cutting Edge of Cancer Prevention

D.C. beauty salons and barber shops are raising awareness for a particularly deadly form of cancer. Zachary Kiesch reports.

By Zachary Kiesch | Apr 23, 2015
NBC Washington


Published on Nov 6, 2014

The Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland and the Cigna Foundation have announced a partnership to encourage colorectal cancer screening among African Americans through health promotion initiatives in barber shops and beauty salons in Prince George’s County. The partnership is made possible by a $200,000 World of Difference grant to M-CHE from the Cigna Foundation.