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Baltimore Medical Systems, Inc.

OMH Grant
Bilingual/Bicultural Service
Demonstration Program
Fiscal Year 2004

Baltimore Medical System, Inc.
3501 Sinclair Lane
Baltimore, MD 21213
Phone: (410) 558-4882
Fax: (410) 534-6550
Title: Baltimore Medical System Bilingual/Bicultural Service Demonstration Project
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Dr. Laura Erdman
Target Population: Hispanic Infants, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly
Health Issues: Access to Care, Maternal and Child Health Education, and Prenatal Care

Through this project, the Baltimore Medical System, Inc. (BMS) seeks to increase access to health care services for Hispanic residents of Baltimore City. BMS targets three key areas: basic access to care at BMS for limited-English-proficient (LEP) Hispanic families through outreach, referral, and medical interpretation; maternal and child health education by improving Hispanic families' awareness of basic preventive care and primary care in maternal and child health through health education; and prenatal care by deceasing late entry into prenatal care by Hispanic women. Working in partnership with Centro de la Comunidad, the project offers health education and outreach activities. Key activities include: community outreach, health education, cultural competency, and medical interpretation. BMS and Centro de Comunidad present on topics such as prenatal care, the importance of placing the baby on its back to sleep, and domestic violence. Information is presented in Spanish at health fairs held at schools and churches, in neighborhoods, and other community-based events. Health information and education carried out by the Health Case Coordinator includes topics such as oral health for babies, second-hand smoke, HIV/AIDS, healthy eating, and childhood immunizations. Weekly classes take place at Early Head Start and BMS health centers. Individual assistance is provided by the Health Case Coordinator and medical providers. Cultural competency training is provided at BMS staff meetings, with training for selected non-bilingual and non-bicultural staff on how to work effectively with an interpreter.

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