BALTIMORE — Metropolis leaders and their companions on Thursday launched findings of the Baltimore Well being Corps Pilot’s Early Classes Report, revealed by the College of Maryland, Faculty Park Faculty of Public Well being.
Launched in June of final yr, the Baltimore Well being Corps was tapped with recruiting, coaching, and using native residents who misplaced their job throughout COVID-19, to enhance contact tracing efforts.
The report discovered that every one 275 hires have been made by the top of this previous January .
Of the brand new workers, greater than 85 % have been beforehand unemployed, furloughed, or underemployed, and about 70 % lived in Baltimore Metropolis, and a minimum of 65 % are individuals of colour.
Based on the report, the Baltimore Well being Corps helped to interview extra individuals who had examined constructive for COVID-19 from a 67 to 73 % margin. Out of these, 78 % accomplished the interview versus 50 % beforehand.
Collectively they have been in a position to go from reaching 67 % of contacts to 80 % inside 24 hours.
Moreover, care coordination elevated by 126 % in referral quantity, with the most typical requests being entry to meals (33 %), commodities/provides (14 %), quarantine help (13 %), assist with utilities (11 %), and housing (8 %).
“This pilot demonstrates how we are able to put public well being into motion to enhance individuals’s lives. I’m hopeful that different cities and counties will comply with the lead of the Baltimore Well being Corps to create good jobs, enhance fairness, and handle the pandemic,” stated Dr. Boris D. Lushniak, dean of the College of Maryland Faculty of Public Well being.
Whereas most positions have been stuffed, there are nonetheless jobs accessible.
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Every individual employed will get free help with profession navigation, behavioral well being help, and authorized providers.