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Who will provide for the providers?
Over the past year, I have had the privilege to follow the work and lives of many of Baltimore's committed community health advocates. These health promoters, organizers, practical nurses, pastors, interns and volunteers are often the trusted leaders of impoverished neighborhoods. The best ones stay even when grant monies run out and short-term projects are deemed complete; they work and volunteer at odd shifts to reverse the plight of underserved communities. They promote stability that benefits us all. Unfortunately, these local heroes often struggle with the same uncertainties that they selflessly work to ease. Some live in outright poverty. They serve others even when they themselves might be in need of assistance.
By Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner
August 30, 2012