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In Baltimore, nurses go door-to-door to bring primary care to the whole neighborhood

The Neighborhood Nursing program in East Baltimore, which offers free preventive health checks in community locations, identified a serious health risk for a young woman and exemplifies a new approach to primary care aimed at improving access and outcomes by bringing medical services directly to where people live. Click here for article.

  • Preventive Care Success: Raquel Richardson discovered she was at high risk for a stroke through a free blood pressure check by the Neighborhood Nursing team, leading to immediate and effective medical intervention.

  • Community-Based Health Initiative: The program, inspired by Costa Rica’s successful primary care model, involves nurses and community health workers visiting residents in disadvantaged neighborhoods to provide preventive health services.

  • Broader Goals and Challenges: Neighborhood Nursing aims to deliver primary care to everyone, regardless of their insurance status, but faces challenges in securing funding and integrating into the U.S. healthcare system.

  • Community Engagement and Trust: Early evidence suggests increased trust and community involvement, with residents actively participating and shaping the program, leading to initiatives like neighborhood walking groups to promote healthier lifestyles.

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