Founded in 1994 at the Rutland Center in East Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Lillian D. Wald Community Nursing Center was the University’s first nurse-managed center. Today, the Wald Center, located on 901 N. Broadway St., is one of the few health programs in Baltimore City providing nearly barrier-free health services—at no charge—to low-income, uninsured, or underinsured residents.
Part of the East Baltimore Community Nursing Centers, the Wald Center reduces health disparities and serves vulnerable populations by providing opportunities for student learning, faculty practice, research and scholarship through public health nursing interventions in partnership with community based organizations.
Employment is also available to students as clinical nurse associates during their undergraduate experience and as community health nurses if they are enrolled in the School of Nursing graduate program.
The primary goal of the Center is to promote the health and well being of individuals by providing interim (“gap”) nursing services to expedite their participation in educational and occupational opportunities in the community and facilitate their connection with established primary health care resources.
With sites additional at the House of Ruth Maryland and Isaiah Wellness Center, the Wald Center offers basic healthcare services for uninsured or underinsured residents of Baltimore City who are in need, including:
- Physical exams
- Health education
- Health screenings
- Referrals to community resources agencies and follow-up services
- Medication education
- Pregnancy testing
- Weight loss management
- Exercise and nutrition consultations
- Smoking cessation
- HIV testing and education
- Mental health services
WIC provides education on nutrition and nutritional supplements for pregnant women, mothers who are breastfeeding, women who have recently given birth, and infants and children up to age 5. Nurses and nursing students offer health screenings and health education at additional community sites and agencies, and at health fairs around the city. To make an appointment, call 410-614-4317.