At Johns Hopkins Medicine, inclusive and equitable access to medical care and health information is a core value of our institution. Our care teams are working with community partners to give vaccines to our most vulnerable eligible residents, to provide access to COVID-19 testing, and to educate and inform our communities hardest hit by this pandemic.
Get the Facts About the Vax: Discussion and Q&A
Johns Hopkins Medicine experts share vaccine information and answer questions during three live webinars.
Join our first session on April 29, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. EDT.
To respond to the major surge of COVID-19 infections in Baltimore’s 21224 area code, Johns Hopkins and the BUILD Organization joined forces to enact a robust and urgent containment and prevention strategy.
The COVID-19 Public Private Taskforce is a partnership between the City of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Medicine, CareFirst, and the University of Maryland Medical System to provide guidance for strategic decision making and resources allocation.
The Workgroup identifies, develops and deploys interventions in coordination with the Baltimore school system, the city and state health departments, and other agencies and organizations to bring education, testing and other resources to Baltimore communities that are particularly hard hit by the pandemic.
COVID-19 Culturally Appropriate Care, Testing and Follow-up
Juntos seeks to reduce cultural and language isolation for Latinx patients and their families by connecting them with bilingual clinicians. Johns Hopkins clinicians are traveling to homeless shelters, sober living facilities and neighborhoods deemed COVID-19 hot spots to provide on-site testing.
After the 20-week Johns Hopkins-funded East Baltimore Food Access Initiative ended, the University partnered with Baltimore City and Saval Foodservices to continue delivering meals to families in East Baltimore. Through this partnership volunteers from local non-profits, community groups and faith-based organizations assisted with distributing meats, produce and dairy products to families impacted by COVID-19. In November and December, we provided 1,388,800 meals. In total from April to December 2020, we have provided 4,327,000 meals to local families.
Johns Hopkins has provided 200 food boxes per month to the NAACP through the East Baltimore Food Access Initiative since October.
New cases of COVID-19 have been on the rise in areas of Baltimore and state and local mandates were put in place to require mask use. It is critical that people living in Baltimore have access to masks and are encouraged to wear them.
Johns Hopkins procured a donation of 85,000 masks from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Preparedness and Response to meet the need.
The masks were 100% cotton, washable and reusable (up to 15 times), and packaged in sets of five. Hopkins tapped more than 60 local community and faith-based organizations to assist with the distribution including the NAACP, BUILD, The Door, Men and Families Center, Sister’s Together and Reaching, SECDC, The Mix Church and others.
Also, Baltimore Connect, through donations from Johns Hopkins Hospital, has distributed more than 15,000 to its member organizations for distribution in the local residents.
The economic effects of the COVID19 health crisis are widespread and the small business community has suffered tremendously. In response, the JHU Office of Economic Development is hosting a series of small business webinars and town halls that cover topics including:
- Returning to work safely
- Legal considerations for reopening
- And navigating the post COVID business world.
The Office of Economic Development has also produced an Entrepreneurship Matters webinar series that began in July. This series features topics and guests from a variety of industries including beauty, food, beverage, transportation, and real estate development.
JHU and JHM launched a four-part dialogue series about health, race, and social justice.
Series topics included:
- The 4th Amendment: Use, Misuse, and Case for Police Reform, August 20, 2020
- Protecting Our Youth: Confronting Society’s Role in the Harmonious Development of Adolescents, August 27, 2020
- Immigration Matters: Building Humanity Within a Fractured Immigration Landscape, September 10, 2020
- Decriminalizing Mental Illness: Empathetic Approaches to Mental Health Supports, September 24, 2020
- Road to Equity: Addressing Health Equity and Achieving Restorative Justice Symposium on October 8, 2020
Johns Hopkins office Government and Community Affairs has held briefings for state and local lawmakers about COVID-19 and health disparities and in coordination with the Anchor Strategy Workgroup held public health briefings for business leaders, faith leaders, and non-profit organizations, to disseminate public health information.
Johns Hopkins launched @JH Connects and the weekly JH Connects Newsletter to communicate JH programs, initiatives, and the impact to residents and elected officials. The @JH Connects social media has over 1,600 followers and the distribution list of the newsletter is approximately 3,000.
Since 2000, the Latino Health Initiative (LHI) of the Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services (MCHHS) has been coordinating efforts in Montgomery County to improve the health outcomes of the Latinx community. Like other jurisdictions, COVID-19 has had a disparate impact on the Latino population in Montgomery County and the LHI has become the primary vehicle for addressing the pandemic in this community.
Johns Hopkins representative, Patricia Rios, MPH, serves on the steering committee for the LHI and ensures that Suburban Hospital is an active participant in the LHI’s programs, including a newly formed ad hoc “Latino Equity Workgroup” to more completely connect the population to available resources.
In August and October 2020, all of the Montgomery County hospitals – including Suburban – partnered with the LHI to assemble and distribute COVID-care kits to 10 partner agencies that serve the Latinx community. Suburban Hospital’s nursing professional development council assembled over 2,100 kits and delivered them to the agencies. The kits included masks, hand sanitizers, toiletries, and information about food support programs and other resources available through the LHI. There are plans for a future distribution of thermometers.
LHI also partnered with the hospitals and the Montgomery County Public Schools to sponsor a program in September to Spanish-speaking parents about the challenges of virtual learning. Suburban Hospital took the lead in planning the event by securing the panelists, designing the flyer, and promoting the program. event was offered on the Zoom and Facebook Live platforms and reached over 500 registered participants. It was subsequently shared and reported over 2,000 “views.” In November, there will be another community forum offered specifically to address the double threat of COVID-19 and influenza and to provide information about testing and share recommendations for timely treatment. This event will also highlight the need to get and availability of flu shots.
The COVID-19 crisis has also made existing food insecurity issues in Montgomery County worse. Suburban Hospital made a cash contribution to a new food distribution program started by a local church in Bethesda and will be conducting a food drive for two weeks in November among employees to gather donations for Manna Food Center’s “most needed” list.
Howard County General Hospital’s COVID-19 testing has been done in conjunction with our faith-based initiative called Journey 2 Better Health. We have partnered with congregations and sponsored and promoted community testing.
For those who have tested positive, we have reached out with our Community Care Team, a program of our Population Health Division, and provided supports such as food, medicine, follow up care, etc. when needed. We have tested nearly 3,000 county residents.
District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is proud to be working with Johns Hopkins Health System (JHSS) and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), in partnership with D.C. Department of Health, to successfully vaccinate senior citizens living in DCHA properties in a pilot program.
During the first 120 days, Sibley Memorial Hospital's focus was to target resources for those hardest hit by the pandemic. Beyond protecting our frontline staff, Sibley collaborated with 27 partners who work in communities of color in Washington, D.C. and engaged 70+ Sibley staff members to support these efforts. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the News
Stories from news media about Johns Hopkins Medicine’s work with the community to address equitable access to COVID-19 care and vaccines.
- Hopkins holds vaccine clinic at northeast Baltimore church, March 27, 2021
- Vaccination rollout ‘test’ could decide health chief’s confirmation says Md. Senate leader, March 27, 2021
- East Baltimore church hosts vaccine clinic focused on equity, March 26, 2021
- Todo lo que la comunidad latina debe saber sobre las vacunas contra el COVID-19 / Everything the Latino Community Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines, March 3, 2021
- Baltimore Convention Center pilot program to vaccinate vulnerable populations, March 1, 2021
- Residents in certain city zip codes to be given preference for vaccine at Convention Center, March 1, 2021
- Baltimore Convention Center mass COVID vaccine site to prioritize vulnerable city residents amid criticism of inequity, March 1, 2021
- Partnering with churches, Maryland officials push pop-up clinics as way to address vaccine inequity, February 26, 2021
- Advocates working to get COVID-19 vaccine to Baltimore’s hard-hit Latino community, February 22, 2021
- How to Explain to Family That They Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine, February 17, 2021
- Mobile clinics to deliver COVID-19 vaccines in Baltimore, February 8, 2021
Community Equity Stories
Johns Hopkins Medicine and community partners working together for vaccine and health equity.
Community Vaccine Clinics Photo Series
April 2, 2021
Vaccine Prioritization Dashboard Launches for People with Disabilities
February, 16, 2021
Community Conversation Emphasizes Education and Trust
January 14, 2021
Johns Hopkins Takes COVID-19 Care to the Community
July 27, 2020