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East Baltimore Community Nursing Centers

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Community Outreach Program


By participating in the School of Nursing's East Baltimore Community Nursing Centers—a service-learning collaboration among the School of Nursing Department of Community-Public Health, the JHU Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE), and various community-based organizations—you'll acquire invaluable practical experience providing health services to vulnerable and underserved populations throughout Baltimore.

You'll also gain an in-depth orientation to a wide variety of public health initiatives, including homeless and domestic violence shelters, grassroots community organizations, and children's programs, while learning and applying new skills under the mentorship of School of Nursing faculty practicing in public health.


Ranked No. 1 in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report, the Hopkins Nursing Community-Public Health program was established in 1991 to improve the health of Baltimore's urban community while engaging students in the complex practical issues surrounding public health.

Primarily, but not exclusively, targeting east and southeast Baltimore, the program enables students and faculty to provide innovative community healthcare and education to individuals and families in urban inner city neighborhoods. The program aims to prepare students to apply the lessons and skills learned in this environment to similar situations around the world.


The School of Nursing collaborates with institutions throughout Baltimore, such as schools, churches, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and health clinics to benefit the community, educate nursing students, and enhance faculty practice.

The School manages three community clinics in East Baltimore:

Numerous other community-based partnerships make it possible for students to work in a wide range of community settings, including Bienestar, serving the Hispanic community.

In addition to the school-run programs, students also volunteer in other community service projects, including those at schools, health departments, churches, hospices, HIV AIDS clinics, and local community agencies. The Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE) organizes these community volunteer activities for all Johns Hopkins students in nursing, medicine, and public health.


Students begin work at their placement sites while completing prerequisite coursework, applying knowledge in context.

Returned Peace Corps volunteers who receive Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship funding also participate in the program. Their global experiences shape and inform their local service.

  • Enroll in NR 100.426, Community Outreach to Underserved Communities in Baltimore. In this 1-credit, introductory course, offered during the fall semester, you’ll gain a broad perspective on factors affecting the health of various communities in urban Baltimore.

  • Complete application. You’ll specify your site and position (paid, volunteer, or work study) preferences on the application, which is distributed during the course orientation session.

  • Be active at your placement site. Once your application is accepted, faculty will assign you to a community site or program, based on your experience and nursing goals. Student typically commits to at least one year of service at a site. You’ll work approximately 4 hours a week, as well as participate in monthly “brown bag” lunches to share your experiences and receive feedback or advice from coordinators regarding any questions or concerns.


For more information about the program contact Patty Wilson, MSN, RN or Mindi B. Levin, MS, CHES

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