Loyola University Maryland

Pre-Health Programs

Health Outreach Baltimore

Health Outreach Baltimore/Pre-health Program

Health Outreach Baltimore recently celebrated 9 years serving families at Mercy Medical Center.  Read more here.

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:

  • Center for Advanced Fetal Care (CAFC)
  • Mother and Baby Unit
  • Family Care Practice
Health Outreach Baltimore group photo 2019-2020


Over twenty-five student advocates work throughout the academic year to connect clients to following community resources:

  • HOB _ Advocate 2017Assistance 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.

HOB training spring 2017Outcomes 2014 - 2022

Families Assisted: 2,057
Number of Resource Needs Addressed: 6,382
Total Advocate Hours: 10,152
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.

Contact Us

Student leadership team contact:

Carlos Gonzalez, '24, at cagonzalez1@loyola.edu 

Faculty director:

Maiju Lehmijoki Wetzel, Ph.D., B.S.N., R.N.

Director, Pre-Health Programs

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Theology

Gillian Blackwood


Gillian’s major in biology and minor in business are preparing her for a future in health care leadership

Biology, Business