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Community Outreach Program



School of Nursing

Phyllis Sharps
Assistant Dean, Community and Global Initiatives

Patty Wilson, MSN, RN

Mindi B. Levin, MS, CHES

Students Partner with the Community to Improve the Health of Baltimore

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 in Baltimore City.

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.


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 with the skills and knowledge to serve similar communities around the world.

Where Will I Work?


Agencies supported by the COP program include, but are not limited to:

The COP offers volunteer, federal work study, and a small number of paid opportunities.


The COP and SOURCE partners include:

  • Bienestar Baltimore
  • CASA/Mi Espacio
  • Gilchrist Hospice Care Baltimore – Joseph Richey
  • HIV Counseling and Testing Program (various clinics)
  • Refugee Youth Project
  • Shepherd’s Clinic
  • Other community-based organization

How Can I Participate?

Students have an opportunity to begin working at the placement site while completing their prerequisite course work. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows also have an opportunity to participate.

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.

  1. Enroll in NR 110.426, Community Outreach to Underserved Communities in Urban Baltimore.  In this 1-credit introductory course, students will gain a broad perspective on factors affecting the
     health of various communities in Baltimore City.

  2. Complete Your Application.  Students will receive an application during the course orientation session. Complete the form and specify your preferred sites and position type (paid, volunteer, or work study).

  3. Placement Assignment.  Once applications are accepted, students are assigned to a community site or program, based on students’ experiences, nursing goals, and preferred sites. Students are encouraged to commit to at least one academic year of service per site. Students will work for approximately four hours per week and participate in mandatory monthly program meetings. The monthly meetings provide students with an opportunity to share experiences with peers and receive feedback and advice from program coordinators.