At the University of Maryland Medical Center University and Midtown Campuses, we believe in and support population health and community health improvement in many ways. We provide health services to underserved populations, health education and screenings, financial and in-kind donations, support groups, charitable care and a variety of clinics to name a few. We work with community partners to eliminate health care disparities by delivering programs that focus on prevention and wellness, which lead to better health outcomes for the communities we serve.
The Baltimore City Cancer Program is a community-based initiative of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, funded through Maryland's Cigarette Restitution Fund Program. It was created in 2001 to help eliminate cancer deaths in Baltimore City through early detection, diagnosis, treatment and education.
Since then, the program has screened more than 33,000 Baltimore City residents and provided more than 11,000 free clinical breast exams, 12,000 mammograms, 6,500 cervical cancer screenings, 3,000 oral cancer screenings, and 550 colonoscopies. Of those diagnosed with breast cancer, more than 70 percent have been diagnosed in the early stages of the disease, which compares favorably to the Maryland statewide average of 51 percent.
The Breathmobile is a custom-built pediatric asthma and allergy clinic that travels to almost two dozen schools, providing ongoing asthma and allergy care to children.
It's been in operation since 2002, when the University of Maryland Children's Hospital created the East Coast's first Breathmobile. Inside the Breathmobile, there is a small waiting area, a testing area and two exam rooms. Onboard the Breathmobile, you'll find an asthma team that includes a pediatric allergist or pulmonologist, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and a driver.
UMMC turned a used recreational vehicle into a community outreach van to take health screenings and education to the community.
The primary goal of the van is to connect health resources to residents in the West Baltimore communities. UMMC conducted a formal Community Health Needs Assessment as required by the new Health Care Reform Act, and identified priorities in the city, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, maternal and child health, injury prevention, infection prevention and access to care.
UMMC’s mobile education services include:
UMMC’s mobile screenings will include (with referrals as needed):
To learn more about the community outreach van, contact Mariellen Synan at [email protected].
For patients in the community living with HIV and hepatitis C, the University of Maryland Institute of Human Virology’s newly formed outpatient Center for Infectious Diseases (CID) at UMMC Midtown Campus is making a difference.
Several years ago, the CID team developed a model called Connect to Care, which immediately links new patients to medical care and social work support. A clinical social worker is in the clinic every day to coordinate each patient’s clinic experience. No matter how patients arrive, the CID team strives to engage patients in the care process from this very first interaction, which helps to increase the number of people taking medicines as prescribed, better overall health outcomes and reduced risk of transmission.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This UMMC-sponsored 16-week class is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of Type 2 Diabetes.
The Bridge Program was founded by UMMC’s Violence Intervention Program. The program assists patients, employees and students in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties who are experiencing or have experienced any form of intimate-partner violence. Services can include bedside crisis intervention, counseling and referrals as well as assistance obtaining protective/peace orders.
The University Farmers' Market is open from mid-May to mid-November. By hosting the Farmers' Market, UMMC and UMB are helping to improve the availability of fresh, locally grown food to its employees, patients, visitors and area residents and businesses.
Harbor City Unlimited Residential Rehabilitation Program (RRP) is a nonmedical psychiatric rehabilitation and residential rehabilitation program for persons with severe mental illness. The core principle to rehabilitation stems from the recovery model where staff partner with clients to facilitate identification of strengths, goals and potential for growth. Work focuses on helping the individual manage their illness and move forward with their life.
Health professionals from UMMC and UMMS system hospitals bring free medical checks and health information to the West Baltimore community at over 50 events a year, hosted everywhere from community centers and churches to employer health fairs. The UMMS also hosts two annual health fairs, “Spring into a Healthy Summer” and "Fall Back to Good Health" at Mondawmin Mall.
These events are free and open to the public.
For more information about our health fairs, contact Mariellen Synan at [email protected].
The Kids to Farmers’ Market Program focuses on improving the eating habits and physical activity of inner city school children on Baltimore’s West side.
A University bus brings a fourth or fifth grade class to the weekly farmers market at University Plaza. The Kids to Farmers' Market team gives each student a backpack stuffed with healthy-eating information, seasonal fruit and vegetable recipes, and $10 of “farmers market bucks” that can be used to buy items.
The children are divided into three groups: one group shops, one attends a chef’s cooking demonstration and one goes to a nutrition class led by a registered dietitian or nutrition intern. The groups rotate until all students complete each activity.
At the end of the session, the types of foods the students bought are documented, and each child receives a healthy lunch to take back to school.
High blood pressure is a significant public health problem in the African-American community, particularly among men. With funding from the Baltimore City Health Department, UMMC has launched a citywide initiative, Maryland Healthy Men Project, to help African-American men with undiagnosed hypertension get their blood pressure under control and learn how to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
For many of Baltimore's children the loss of a loved one to street violence, domestic abuse or illness means facing life with a storm of grief and no safe harbor to shelter them. Roberta's House is a grief and loss center established for children and their families in tribute to the late Julia Roberta March of Baltimore's March Funeral Homes, Inc.
Baltimore has one of the highest rates of homicides in the country. With a population of over 600,000, the city lacks the necessary resources to address the resulting emotional damage of unresolved grief.
Roberta's House offers a comprehensive bereavement support program for healing the "hearts and minds" of children and their families emotionally, physically and spiritually. The program is governed by a board of directors and counseled by an advisory board, which provides linkages to a network of health providers and volunteers. Through peer and non-clinical support, education, empowerment, and community awareness, Roberta's House offers free programs and services to low-income, school-age children and teens together with their families. The service is particularly focused on those who have experienced the death of a loved one; those who have family or friends that have been victims of homicide; those living in high crime areas of Baltimore as well as those under the supervision of juvenile correctional services. Counseling programs are designed to restore children and their families to a place of wholeness and provide support as they experience grieving the death of a family member, friend or significant person.
The University of Maryland Children's Hospital is the lead agency for the Baltimore Safe Kids Coalition, whose purpose is to prevent unintentional childhood injuries in Baltimore City. In partnering with Baltimore-area fire and police departments, the Maryland Poison Center and area health departments, we strive to make safety a top priority for our patients. Safe Kids Baltimore is the local chapter of Safe Kids Worldwide.
To learn more about Safe Kids Baltimore, contact Karen Hardingham at [email protected].
UMMC offers resources and free smoking cessation classes and counseling in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department.
Smoking is not only an issue for adult community members. Secondhand smoke affects children by causing ear infections, childhood asthma, low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome. UMMC intervention programs are imperative to successful smoking cessation.
For more information, contact Lauren Davis at [email protected].
The Stork's Nest is a perinatal education and incentive program that promotes healthy pregnancies for minority, low-income, and other at-risk women served by the University of Maryland Medical Center in partnership with the March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
The program aims to decrease the number of babies born prematurely, decrease the number of low birth weight babies born, decrease infant deaths by promoting safe sleep practices and car seat safety, and increase breastfeeding rates.
The Violence Prevention Program is determined to reduce the frequency and the severity of recidivism for violent injury and criminal activity among persons living in and around Baltimore City. Committed to Dr. King's vision of "The Beloved Community," our services focus on the enhancement of personal strengths, conflict resolution, and the development of community relationships.