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 four Mercy Medical Center departments:
- Center for Advanced Fetal Care (CAFC)
- Mother and Baby Unit
- Pediatric Section of the Emergency Department (ED)
- Family Care Practice
Over twenty-five student advocates work throughout the academic year to connect clients to following community resources:
- Assistance with utility bills
- Breastfeeding resources
- Childcare subsidies
- Employment resources
- Exercise programs
- Food resources
- Free cribs
- GED programs
- Health insurance
- Home visiting
- Housing resources
- Toys for tots at Christmas time
Mission and Vision
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.
Outcomes 2014 - 2019
Families Assisted: 1,503
Number of Resource Needs Addressed: 4,474
Total Advocate Hours: 8,432
Most Popular Resources: Employment, Food Resources, Childcare, Cribs
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
‘Beyond the Scope’ – in memory and honor of Colleen Zirkle, ’16, a Health Outreach Baltimore advocate, biology major, and a pre-optometry student.
Student leadership team contact:
Abigail McLaughlin,’20 - email@example.com
Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., B.S.N., R.N.
Director, Pre-Health Programs and National Fellowships
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Theology