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Health Outreach Baltimore

Health Outreach Baltimore/Pre-health Program

Health Outreach Baltimore recently celebrated 9 years serving families at Mercy Medical Center!

HOB members group photo

Health Outreach Baltimore's (HOB) student advocates partner with Mercy Medical Center to connect pregnant women and families with young children to community resources in three Mercy Medical Center departments:

  • Center for Advanced Fetal Care (CAFC)
  • Mother and Baby Unit
  • Family Care Practice

Over twenty-five student advocates work throughout the academic year to connect clients to following community resources:

  • HOB _ Advocate 2017Assistance with utility bills
  • Breastfeeding resources
  • Childcare subsidies
  • Employment resources
  • Exercise programs
  • Food resources
  • Free cribs
  • GED programs
  • Health insurance
  • Home visiting
  • Housing resources
  • Toys for tots at Christmas time

Mission and Vision

The mission of Health Outreach Baltimore is to create a partnership between Baltimore families and pre-health students through which both parties reach their full potential – families access community resources that help them thrive while students build their capacity to become socially committed health professionals.

The vision of Health Outreach Baltimore is a healthy society in which all families are connected to resources that support their independence and help them thrive in work and at home.

HOB training spring 2017Outcomes 2014 - 2022

  • Families Assisted: 2,057
  • Number of Resource Needs Addressed: 6,382
  • Total Advocate Hours: 10,152
  • Most Popular Resources: Employment, Food Resources, Childcare, Cribs

Why You Should Join

Health Outreach Baltimore recruits and interviews interested student applicants in February - March.

  • You work with clients in a clinical setting four hours each week
  • You gain new skills through on-going training and weekly meetings with the group
  • You learn about social determinants of health and community resources
  • You have progressively more demanding leadership opportunities
  • You build lasting relationships with other advocates and practitioners at Mercy Medical Center


‘Beyond the Scope’ – in memory and honor of Colleen Zirkle, ’16, a Health Outreach Baltimore advocate, biology major, and a pre-optometry student.

Contact Us

Student leadership team contact

Carlos Gonzalez, '24, at

Faculty director

Maiju Lehmijoki Wetzel, Ph.D., B.S.N., R.N.
Director, Pre-Health Programs
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Theology 

Contact Us

Maiju Lehmijoki Wetzel, Ph.D., B.S.N., R.N.
Director of Pre-Health Programs
Phone: 410-617-2218
Office: Donnelly Science 147