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What is Project Engage?
UMMC, in collaboration with the Downtown Baltimore Partnership, has developed a strategy to address how best to help individuals in need on the streets around our campus while also seeking to reduce uncomfortable experiences for our employees, patients and visitors. Key elements of our strategy, called “Project Engage,” are:
Utilizing specially trained Guides from the Downtown Baltimore Partnership to engage with individuals in need to assist them with medical care, food and housing, while also addressing the reality of encounters impacting our employees, patients and visitors.
Providing UMMC employees who want to help individuals in need with a healthy alternative to requests for money. Protein meal bars, purchased by the Medical Center, will have a sticker listing resources individuals in need can contact for assistance with medical care or shelter. These bars will first be made available to staff at the Project Engage kickoff event on November 20 from 11:30 am to 2 pm in the Weinberg Atrium.
Why was it created?
Leadership has prioritized identifying a proactive way to address the problem of individuals in need around our campus approaching employees, patients, family members and hospital visitors. These incidents can sometimes be disruptive and unsettling. Our compassionate nature makes it troubling when we wish to help these individuals, but may not know the best course of action.
Ultimately, our goal is to decrease uncomfortable interactions and anxiety-provoking situations for our employees, patients and visitors, and to offer helpful solutions to assist individuals in need around our campus.
Are employees expected to participate?
Engaging with and helping individuals in need is completely voluntary. We want to provide ways for employees who are so inclined to participate and help improve the environment around UMMC.
How will we recognize the Downtown Baltimore Partnership Guides? Where will they be, and when?
The Guides will work on the blocks between Baltimore, Greene, Lombard and Paca Streets on Monday through Friday from 9:45 am to 5:15 pm. You will recognize these Guides by their uniform: Yellow shirts or yellow and blue jackets with black pants with two yellow stripes down the side. They are specially trained to interact with individuals in need and offer help and resources.
Is it better to give individuals in need meal bars instead of money?
Yes. Research shows that as many as two-thirds of these individuals in need may be struggling with addiction and related medical issues, which may be exacerbated by financial contributions. The meal bars are a healthy alternative to giving money.
Where do we get the meal bars?
The meal bars will first be distributed at the Project Launch Kickoff event on November 20 from 11:30 am to 2 pm in the Weinberg Atrium. Other distribution locations in the Medical Center will be announced.
What should I do if I have an inpatient who is an individual in need?
Our social workers in the Department of Care Management will continue to address psychosocial barriers to a safe discharge for medical center inpatients.
What should employees do if they have a safety or security concern involving an individual in need?
UMMC security is available 24/7 and is the first point of contact for any security concerns around the hospital perimeter. Call 410-328-8711. Hospital security staff are trained to determine the level of need required for a given situation, and can contact appropriate resources as the situation warrants. In any imminently threatening situation outside the hospital, dial 911.
Who should I contact with suggestions or questions?
Dr. Chuck Callahan, VP for Population Health. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 410-328-3306.