Generation Tomorrow and the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) welcomed 15 undergraduate scholars and one graduate scholar in Summer 2022, the 4th year of the program. Generation Tomorrow allows students to explore HIV and/or hepatitis C virus (HCV) health disparities and their intersection with substance use, including addiction and overdose, violence, mental health, and the social determinants of health. The program offers mentorship and training in HIV/HCV education, testing, counseling, health disparities, cultural competence, and harm reduction. In addition to a weeks-long lecture series, Generation Tomorrow scholars also have the opportunity to engage in community outreach through Sisters Together and Reaching (STAR), Inc. The program has a special focus on undergraduate students who are underrepresented in nursing, public health, science, and medicine, with a particular emphasis on first generation college students and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
On Wednesday, July 27, 2022, Generation Tomorrow 2022 culminated with student poster presentations, which documented their summer research experiences. This year’s GT leadership team/lead presenter team included: Drs. Risha Irvin, Denis Antoine, Nathan Irvin, Kathleen Page, Kamila Alexander, Will Beckham, and Kamna Balhara. Program mentors for this year included: Drs. Risha Irvin, Denis Antoine, Nathan Irvin, Kathleen Page, Kamna Balhara, Larry Chang, Karin Tobin, Danielle German, Jacquelyn Campbell, Renata Sanders, Helen Hughes, Jason Farley, and Kamila Alexander. Jasmine Blue served as the program coordinator.
The Johns Hopkins CFAR and Generation Tomorrow program are grateful to the Division of Infectious Diseases for their wonderful, ongoing support. If you are interested in sponsoring a mentee next year, please contact Jasmine Blue (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.