This case study highlights how the Baltimore Health Corps is finding shared purpose to work across sectors and address the triple crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 economic downturn, and the ongoing impact of structural racism.
Reflecting on lessons from the Baltimore Health Corps, states and local governments can model Baltimore Health Corps’ experience with aligning their shared purpose by:
- Building upon existing relationships and aligning efforts to act on shared purpose.
- Addressing the immediate needs of the community while also looking for ways to invest in long-term community infrastructure and capital to support development and growth.
- Centering equity in all cross-sector collaboration activities.
The Georgia Health Policy Center, in partnership with the School of Public Health at George Washington University and with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is identifying, synthesizing, and disseminating cross-sector policy and implementation opportunities that facilitate recovery from the triple crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, impacts of the 2020 economic downturn, and the ongoing impact of structural racism. The work – Aligning in Crisis — builds on Aligning Systems for Health: Health Care + Public Health + Social Services.