Baltimore Health Corps is coming to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and unemployment
The Baltimore Health Corps launched this week to train and hire unemployed city residents to work in neighborhoods hit hardest by COVID-19. The initiative is seeking to hire 300 people to perform roles including contact tracing, public health education outreach, care coordination and social support. The Baltimore City Health Department and Mayor’s Office of Employment Development hope to hire 300 residents and put a dent in the historic unemployment rate due to the pandemic.
“Whenever I talk about reopening Baltimore city,” Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said at a press conference on Thursday, “I’ve said we need to see a decline in the numbers, we need to see an increase in our testing capacity and we need to have a robust contact tracing program in place.”
The Baltimore Health Corps will be part of that contact tracing program, as it is recruiting 276 people in community health worker roles, including 38 supervisors. There are also openings for seven employment development roles, seven managerial roles, and 10 administrative roles. The goal is to not only provide a living wage during the pandemic but to give Baltimore residents a foot in the door in the community health worker field. It’s an employment area that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects to grow 18% by 2026.