At a Glimpse


About Us

WHO WE ARE | MGG is a resident curriculum at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center that introduces residents to socioeconomic barriers faced by our patients in hopes to reduce health disparities faced by our community.

HOW WE DO IT | MGG has many projects and initiatives to encourage and promote medical education in the surrounding Baltimore area. We often work in partnership with other organizations that have similar goals of promoting wellness and decreasing health disparities in East Baltimore.

WHAT WE DO | Residents at Johns Hopkins Bayview learn about socioeconomic barriers by bringing the hospital into the community through our various projects and initiatives, some of which were designed by the residents.

REACH OUT and help us take care of the communities living in East Baltimore!


Medicine for the Greater Good, located on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus in East Baltimore, has reached 23 districts in Baltimore City and continues to grow! Our outreach is possible because of many medical residents, our partners and, of course, our community. Thank you to all of our friends and neighbors who have joined us in the fight to a better, healthier, Baltimore!

What’s Happening

 

Recently, MGG sponsored seven MERIT students for an initiative aimed at enhancing their social engagement skills. It is our hopes that these social engagement skills will be used to help attenuate the social burdens of health disparities that these students faced. The program finished with poster presentations where two of the three award winners were MGG sponsored students.

Just this week, we had a meeting with Rev. King about having another Poe Homes’ Initiative to encourage a healthy start to the school year. We were excited to have this meeting at the site of the Baltimore Christian Warriors’ practice, where we got to see the amazing work that Rev. King has done to keep the kids in West Baltimore safe and off the streets through marching in a band!

MERIT partnered with MGG for an art therapy depression initiative. Over the course of six weeks, students painted pictures as a form of therapy and stress relief. At the end of the six weeks, one student wished to have an art exhibit to display the incredible work the students had done.


Recipient of the Institute for Excellence in Education: Medical Curriculum Award
from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


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Who We Are


About MGG

 

Medicine for the Greater Good, sometimes called a “medical peace corps,” was formally established in 2013 at Johns Hopkins Bayview (JHBMC). It is a formal curriculum that seeks to train and educate medical residents about the socioeconomic determinants of health. As physicians, these residents will be equipped to combat the barriers to healthcare faced by those in need. Residents gain first hand experience through various projects and initiatives designed by both our organization and the residents themselves. Through these projects, MGG strives to bring the hospital to the community. Since the establishment of MGG, 82 residents and students have been trained by nearly two dozen faculty to engage in nearly 300 projects to benefit Baltimore city residents.

MGG volunteers and JHBMC residents work with schools, churches and community centers to promote good health practices, such as discussions about diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer screening, diet and exercise. Volunteers come from many schools of discipline including Peabody Institute, JHU Homewood, Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. MGG is a unique partnership between Johns Hopkins, the City of Baltimore and its citizens.


Our Mission

 

MGG is one of many organizations taking part in the “5 in 10” initiative started by the combined forces of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. This initiative aims to raise the estimated average life expectancy in Baltimore by five years in one decade (5 in 10). Low life expectancies are seen across Baltimore, but targets are aimed in 11 districts which have life expectancies below 75 years of age. Having a life expectancy below 75 is associated with cardiovascular disease, homicide, overdose, HIV and cancer.

The mission of Medicine for the Greater Good is formally “to promote the health and wellness beyond the confines of the hospital through an interactive and engaging partnership with the community as well as a strong emphasis on medical education”. Less formally, MGG aims to bring healthcare beyond the hospital walls and into the community in order to overcome the socioeconomic barriers to health. Projects and initiatives focus on asthma and diabetes as well as cardiovascular health and end of life care.


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What We Do


Medicine for the Greater Good (MGG), formally established in 2013 at Johns Hopkins Bayview, is an initiative and formal curriculum that seeks to train and educate medical residents in bridging the gap in health disparities between the hospital and the community.

MGG is a unique partnership between Johns Hopkins, the City of Baltimore and its residents. A “medical peace corps,” MGG volunteers work with schools, churches and community centers to promote good health practices, such as discussions about diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer screening, diet and exercise.

MGG volunteers hail from across Hopkins’ schools and disciplines, including the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and School of Nursing, undergraduates at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, the Carey Business School and the Peabody Institute. Volunteers work to serve the East Baltimore community by participating in health awareness projects throughout the community that bring important healthcare information to the public.

IN THE NEWS:

MGG’s work and accomplishments have been widely recognized by local newspapers, medical research journals, and other national publications:

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