Each year Medicine for the Greater Good works with many health care professionals and volunteers to promote health and wellness within the community of the Greater Baltimore area. The aim of these projects is to bridge the gap in health disparities by allocating equitable resources towards communities and underserved populations. Here are a few of our most consistent projects.
Lay Health Educators Program | Ongoing since 2011, the Lay Health Educator Program (LHEP) is designed to improve community member awareness and understanding of specific health concerns and resources that are impacting local neighborhoods and regions. Physicians teach community members of these health topics and issues through interactive teaching modules, with knowledge assessments performed weekly to assure teaching objectives are being fulfilled. At the end of the 6 to 12 week long program, these community members graduate and are certified as Lay Health Educators. Upon graduating, they are encouraged to implement health projects and initiatives in their respective communities and organizations.
Lung Health Ambassador Program | The Lung Health Ambassador Program aims to train young students (ranging from 7th grade to 12th grade) in regards to lung health and pathology, risk factors, and ways to advocate for clean air. The Program culminates with an advocacy action in order to help reduce air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, that often ravages disadvantaged neigbhorhoods and populations. The program ends with a graduation ceremony, with each student becoming a certified Lung Health Ambassador.
Caregiver Cafes | Caregiver Cafes are offered to support those who take care of loved ones, friends or even themselves. It is a general support group that discusses issues faced by caregivers, but also allows caregivers to come together and share ideas with one another. It is free and open to the public.
Honoring Your Wishes | An initiative focusing on providing insight and education in regards to end-of-life care and advance directives. This project is often executed through community organized workshops in culturally sensitive manners. Our goal is to assure that all people understand that they can have their voices and desires heard and fulfilled, even in the direst of times.