Practice-Related Student Groups
Students can engage in public health practice by joining student groups that engage in community service.
- Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition (BSHRC) aims to build a local network of health, policy, and social service students, alumni, and professionals committed to harm reduction principles and to serve as a conduit for community involvement, education and advocacy in Baltimore and beyond. BSHRC links students and recent graduates with professionals and organizations in the Baltimore area for harm reduction-related volunteer service, employment, or activism.
- Bienestar Baltimore is a student-run organization comprised of volunteers from Schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing. Originally named Program Salud, the organization began in 2006 as a pilot tuberculosis screening program. Bienestar has since expanded its services to respond to emerging needs of Baltimore’s Latino population. Bienestar now offers a variety of health screening, health education, and health promotion programs. The organization includes a base of approximately 60 committed volunteers from the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing.
- Anna Baetjer Society (ABS) is comprised of members as diverse and varied as the field of public health itself, but share a common interest in its practice. The organization makes a difference in the health of communities by working to solve problems corresponding to a broad range of backgrounds and interests. ABS recognizes that the classroom is not a venue capable of meeting all of our needs and so serves as an extension of in-class public health lessons and thereby enhance academic, professional, and social experience of members during their stay at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- Health Leads (formerly Project Health) is a service group that works with uninsured patients to help them access healthcare and other resources, such as food stamps. The Health Leads Bayview Emergency Department program is one of five programs in Baltimore City and is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of student volunteers from the Johns Hopkins Schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing. Volunteers at this site help patients with a range of services, from filling out health insurance applications to referring them to primary care appointments, with a special emphasis on helping patients without health insurance secure access to community-based primary care. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with patients in a hospital setting, gain knowledge of the health care landscape and work with an interdisciplinary team of students.