Yesterday, OSI-Baltimore Director Danielle Torain joined Mayor Jack Young, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, and other government and civic leaders to announce the launch of Baltimore Health Corps, a $12 million public-private partnership to hire hundreds of unemployed Baltimore residents to be contact tracers and care coordinators for residents of Baltimore neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19.
Unemployed Baltimore City residents can apply now for the jobs, which Jason Perkins-Cohen of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development says will pay between $35,000 and $39,000 a year and contribute $11 million to the local economy. “The best response to an economic crisis is a J-O-B,” he said at a socially-distanced press conference inside the War Memorial Building Thursday morning.
OSI-Baltimore will provide funding and support to implement the program.
“Baltimore Health Corps is exactly the kind of innovative, impactful public-private partnership that OSI is looking to support in response to COVID-19,” Torain said at the press conference. “The initiative is particularly crucial because it looks at the mid- and long-term impacts of COVID by promoting job creation and job access for populations of workers disproportionately marginalized from the job market.”