Community Health Initiatives

The Governor's WellMobile - University of Maryland, School of NursingThe Governor’s Wellmobile – a health clinic on wheels – makes scheduled visits to locations in Central Maryland, providing free primary health care to thousands of the state’s most vulnerable residents. The Wellmobile program also provides hands-on learning experiences for students, who work alongside experienced nurse practitioners.

Established in 1994 as a private/public partnership, the program is perhaps the most recognized and farthest reaching public health initiative operated by the School of Nursing.

Be a partner in providing health and wellness through community outreach. 

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Your gift to the Catalyst Campaign will support these fundraising goals:

  • Community Health Initiatives: $500,000 - $1 million
  • Global Health: $500,000

A catalyst for community health and well-being.

Every day, the University of Maryland School of Nursing educates the next generation of nursing professionals to meet the evolving health needs of our communities, especially where poverty rates are high and access to health care is limited — in Baltimore, across the state of Maryland, and around the globe.

While our programs benefit the communities in which we serve, they also benefit our students by providing clinical education sites and significant learning opportunities. Our Governor’s Wellmobile program, for example, recently provided more than 6,000 visits, offering nurse-managed primary care services to Maryland residents in underserved and rural areas while also serving as an interprofessional clinical education site for team-based care.

With your gift to the Catalyst Campaign, you, too, can become a partner in providing more health and wellness initiatives like this throughout our community.

The Impact of Your Gift to Support Community Health
group photo of Global Health Certificate students and representatives from Saude Crianca Association

Making a Global Impact

Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD ’11, MS ’05, BSN ’04, CRNP-Neonatal (pictured in the back row, third from the left), assistant professor and director
of the School of Nursing’s Office of Global Health, and three Global Health Certificate students traveled to Rio de Janeiro to assess
Saúde Criança Association (ASC), a Brazilian nonprofit organization that has improved the quality of life for impoverished families by addressing the social determinants of health.

The students examined how ASC has reduced poverty and enhanced social inclusion for families of critically ill children and explored strategies for culturally adapting ASC’s approach to help Baltimore families in need.

Robyn Gilden discussing safety with another woman

Keeping Kids Safe at Home

Robyn Gilden, PhD ’10, MS ’01, RN (pictured, far left), assistant professor, has worked for years with the Children’s Environmental Health
Network (CEHN) and its Eco-Healthy Child Care program to research how child care centers can reduce environmental exposure. Through
a Bunting Family Foundation grant and collaboration with CEHN, the school conducts on-site training at Early Head Start centers, working with staff to provide training and health assessments and to conduct home visits to identify environmental hazards.

"If we can make changes at both places," she says, "and educate parents on areas of concern such as toxic cleaning products and lead paint, then they can help educate their neighbors and other community members."