Health Outreach Baltimore’s (HOB) student advocates partner with Mercy Medical Center to connect pregnant women and families with young children to community resources in three Mercy Medical Center departments:
- The Center for Advanced Fetal Care (CAFC)
- The Pediatric Section of the Emergency Department (ED)
- The Mother and Baby Unit
Over twenty student advocates work throughout the academic year to connect clients to following community resources:
- Free Cribs
- GED programs
- Assistance with utility bills
- Housing resources
- Health insurance
- Toys for tots at Christmas time
- Childcare subsidies
- Home visiting
- Food resources
The mission of Health Outreach Baltimore is to create a partnership between Baltimore families and pre-health students through which both parties reach their full potential – families access community resources that help them thrive while students build their capacity to become socially committed health professionals.
The vision of Health Outreach Baltimore is a healthy society in which all families are connected to resources that support their independence and help them thrive in work and at home.
‘Beyond the Scope’ – in memory and honor of Colleen Zirkle, ’16, a Health Outreach Baltimore advocate, biology major, and a pre-optometry student.
2015 –2016: Health Outreach Baltimore students worked with clients to connect them to more than 350 resources such as free cribs, health insurance, child care, GED programs, Toys for Tots, and fitness programs
2014 –2015: Health Outreach Baltimore students worked with clients to connect them to more than 229 resources, such as free cribs, health insurance, child care, the GED programs, and Toys for Tots, and fitness programs
Why You Should Join
Health Outreach Baltimore recruits and interviews interested student applicants in February –March.
- You work with clients in a clinical setting four hours each week
- You gain new skills through on-going training and weekly meetings with the group
- You learn about social determinants of health and community resources.
- You have progressively more demanding leadership opportunities
- You build lasting relationships with other advocates and practitioners at Mercy Medical Center
Student leadership team contacts
Amanda Guth,’17, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Alston,’17, email@example.com
Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., B.S.N., R.N.
Director, Pre-Health Programs
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Theology