When considering what might help Baltimore’s homeless population, “graphic design consultations” might not be the first thing that springs to mind. But as Baltimore’s first-ever street newspaper is helping the city’s homeless population gain a voice — and some extra money — the input from Towson University’s art and design department is very welcome.
For most of us, electronic medical records (EMRs) are a routine part of medical care. They help various doctors track our ongoing complaints, show our medical history, and keep all sorts of vital information in one place. But that’s not the case for everyone. For many of Baltimore’s homeless, health care is a patchwork system of emergency room visits, free clinics, and sporadic care. Which is exactly why a group of Johns Hopkins students banded together to create an innovative program to make sure the homeless have access to their own medical paperwork.