Health Outreach Baltimore recently celebrated 8 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
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 - 2021
Families Assisted: 1,774
Number of Resource Needs Addressed: 5,150
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.
Student leadership team contact:
Kayla Thomsen, '23, at email@example.com
Maiju Lehmijoki Wetzel, Ph.D., B.S.N., R.N.
Director, Pre-Health Programs
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Theology