Center & Institute Affiliations
Mindi Levin, MS, cultivates academic-community partnerships and uses service-learning pedagogy to promote health and social justice, with a special commitment to Baltimore.
service-learning; community engagement; Baltimore; CBPR; civic engagement; public health practice; social justice
Experiences & Accomplishments
Mindi Levin (she/her) is the founder and director of SOURCE, the community engagement and service-learning center, serving the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine. In this capacity, she is responsible for creating strategies to integrate public health practice and community engagement activities into academic training in the health professions. These efforts are accomplished in partnership with approximately 100 Baltimore community-based organizations, as well as faculty, staff, and students. Mindi provides programs and services that embrace the values of public service, social justice, citizenship, ethical decision-making, activism, civic professionalism, human rights, diversity, and reciprocity.
Mindi teaches and supports a variety of critical service-learning and experiential learning courses on campus. She developed and teaches the Baltimore Community Practicum course (BSPH) and Topics in Interdisciplinary Medicine: Health Care Disparities (SOM). She co-created and serves as the faculty sponsor of the certificate program in Community-Based Public Health. She worked with colleagues to develop several key SOURCE initiatives, including SOURCE Service-Learning Academy (for faculty and community partners), SOURCE Service Scholars, Connection Community Consultants, Baltimore Action Projects, HIV Counseling and Testing Program, and the Identity Clinic.
Mindi serves on a number of key committees across Johns Hopkins, including: JHU's Diversity Leadership Council (DLC), Urban Health Institute's (UHI) Community-University Collaborating Committee, BSPH Baltimore Community Engagement Committee (chair), Johns Hopkins Baltimore Community Engagement Program Leaders (facilitator), BSPH HBS Practice Committee (co-chair) and the BSPH HPM Practice Committee.
Honors & Awards
2021 Recognition Award, JHSPH Student Assembly
2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013 Excellence in Teaching, JHSPH
2019 Community Hero Award, Johns Hopkins Alumni Association
2016 AMTRA (Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award), JHSPH Student Assembly
2015 Michael A. Jenkins Humanitarian Award, CURE/Operation PULSE
2015 Institutional Leadership Award, Maryland-DC Campus Compact
2015 Excellence in Practice Award, ACPA College Student Educators International
2014 Daily Record VIP List - Very Important Professionals who are successful by 40
2014 Staff Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Student Assembly
2013 Outstanding Dedication to Professional Service Award, 10+ Years Category,Maryland College Personnel Association (MCPA)
2013 Outstanding Public Health Service Award presented to JHU SOURCE, Maryland Public Health Association
2009 Best In Class Award, Community Service and Humanitarianism Category, for The Connection Community Consultant Program, Jenzbar Foundation
2008 Program of the Year Award for The Connection Community Consultant Program, ACPA College Student Educators International, Commission for Student Involvement
2007 Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award, ACPA College Student Educators
International, Commission for Student Involvement
2005 Staff Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Student Assembly
Selected publications pertaining to JHU SOURCE, community engagement, and critical service-learning pedagogy.
Levin MB, Bowie JV, Ragsdale SK, Gawad AL, Cooper LA, Sharfstein, JM. Enhancing Community Engagement by Schools and Programs of Public Health in the United States. Annual Review of Public Health. 2021; 42(1): 405-421.
Derreth RT, Jones VC, Levin MB. Preparing Public Health Professionals to Address Social Injustices Through Critical Service-Learning. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. April 2021. doi:10.1177/23733799211007183
Bower KM, Alexander KA, Levin MB, Jacques KA, Kub J. Using Critical Service-Learning Pedagogy to Prepare Graduate Nurses to Promote Health Equity. Journal of Nursing Education. 2021; 60(1): 38-43.
Levin MB, Rutkow L. Infrastructure for Teaching and Learning in the Community: The Johns Hopkins University Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2011; 17(4): 328-336.
Borkoski, C., Jones, V., Levin, MB (2018). Learning Communities as a Creative Catalyst for Professional Development and Institutional Change. In Berkey, B., Meixner, C., Green, P.M., & Eddins, E.A. (Eds). Reconceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement. (pp. 137-157). Sterling, VA: Stylus.