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Richard Skelton, LifeBridge Health

Richard's Fellowship:

Richard is working as a Baltimore Corps Community Development Fellow at LifeBridge Health, a nonprofit healthcare corporation that operates several medical institutions in Baltimore. Richard will be involved in the implementation of a multi-dimensional plan to improve the quality of life for those living and working in the areas surrounding LifeBridge campus locations, particularly near Park Heights and Sandtown-Winchester, by developing and improving public health programs aimed at reducing violent crime, the spread of HIV, and incarceration. We also work to enhance community leadership, education and workforce development, business and economic development, and neighborhood improvement.

Background:

Richard graduated in 2014 from Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in Molecular Biology, where, among other things, he served on the Presidents Day of Service executive board at the Center for Social Concern. He also recently graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master's degree in Health Science. Last year, Richard worked as an ORISE fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doing malaria vaccine research, as well as volunteering with several organizations in Baltimore. His experiences with Public Health and organizations which apply Public Health models to social problems, such as Cure Violence which applies a Public Health approach to violence prevention, drew his interests toward the fellowship at LifeBridge Health.

Why do you choose to live and work in Baltimore?  

I am originally from Indianapolis but I have spent the last six years living in the Baltimore/D.C. area. I have grown to enjoy the quirks of Baltimore and I have fond memories all over the city. Often the negative aspects of Baltimore are focused on, and people miss out on the beautiful harbor, delicious restaurants and vibrant culture. However, as a resident, it is also important to recognize that the negative aspects exist and that there are things we can do to improve the living situations and opportunities for the people of Baltimore.

What's one surprising fact about yourself?  

In college I had cats named Megatron and Mr. Kitty.

Go-to snack? 

Spoonful of peanut butter