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Barbara Bates-Hopkins

Barbara Bates-Hopkins

On the Job and Off, Community Relations Coordinator Connects Baltimoreans to Resources

Barbara Bates-Hopkins has a lifetime of knowledge and familiarity with organizations that provide help to Baltimoreans in need. The East Baltimore native is a wealth of information about emergency housing, food and other important resources.

Hours before her workday begins, Bates-Hopkins is up early, helping local human service nonprofit organizations plan events, raise dollars and connect with people who need help.

Her passion for making Baltimore a better place extends to her job. As a community relations coordinator at Johns Hopkins, a position that is split between the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, she co-founded Johns Hopkins’ Day at the Market campaign at Northeast Market in 2007. The biweekly event has featured cancer screenings, voter registration drives, U.S. Census participation and, more recently, COVID-19 vaccination clinics. She hopes the activities have improved relations between the medical campus and its neighboring communities.

And when her workday ends, she can usually be found at a community meeting.

Barbara Bates-Hopkins


Where does drive come from?

“I guess it comes from the sincerity of the people who’ve told me I’ve been able to help them,” she says. “When folks tell me they got what they needed, it just pushes me to continue.”

She says engagement with community members takes time, commitment and hard work.

“You have to show people you care about them,” Bates-Hopkins says. “I believe we’ve been able to do that.”

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