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Overview – What We Do

Government, Community and Economic Partnerships (GCE) works with Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students, community leaders and organizations, and government officials at all levels to advance the mission of Johns Hopkins and carry out the priorities of the department.

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Advocacy and Lobbying

The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS) are committed to the free and open expression of ideas. The university encourages members of the JHU community — students, faculty, and staff — to be engaged civically and to participate in the electoral process at all levels: local, state, and federal. The state and local teams represent Baltimore City, D.C., and the states of MD, FL and VA where Johns Hopkins has major operations.

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Community Engagement

The community engagement team advises and supports Johns Hopkins in Baltimore City and Southeast Baltimore County representing the Homewood, East Baltimore, and Bayview Medical Center campuses. Staff members serve as the primary liaisons between Johns Hopkins and community stakeholders by providing mutually beneficial programs and resources.

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Community Investments

GCE works collaboratively with partners across Johns Hopkins University and Medicine to discover, analyze and present comprehensive information to strengthen Johns Hopkins' public position and ensure government compliance, reduce institutional risk and align priorities and messages system-wide.

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BLocal is a commitment by Baltimore-area businesses to leverage their collective influence to help strengthen the city and create opportunities for Baltimoreans.


JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town.

HopkinsLocal – Build, Hire, Buy

As the largest private anchor institution in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins seeks to create economic opportunities that are inclusive of diverse people and create wealth for individuals and communities.

Vaccination Outreach

Over 40,000 doses were coordinated with the help of GCA staff and administered by Johns Hopkins Hospital staff throughout the City in fiscal year 2022.

Showcase Series

Pediatric Trauma Center

This Showcase Series highlights the Unique Pediatric Trauma and Burn Programs at Johns Hopkins. This conversation will be moderated by Delegate Emily Shetty from the State of Maryland.

School of Nursing

This event highlights the unique partnership between the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the State or Maryland. 

JHHS Opiod Stewardship

This next installment of the Government and Community Affairs’ Showcase Series will highlight two Initiatives of the Johns Hopkins Health System Opioid Stewardship Clinical Community: The Overdose Response Program and National Drug Takeback Day.

JHU Disability Health and Research Center

This next installment of the Government and Community Affairs’ Showcase Series will highlight the Johns Hopkins University Disability Health Research Center. 

Education Initiatives

HEAT Corps

Health Education and Training (HEAT) Corps is a virtual program for K-12 students designed to teach them about various science-related topics in the hopes of increasing their health literacy skills and ability to make informed decisions regarding their health.

Neighborhood Initiatives

Expungement Clinics

The Johns Hopkins Office of Government, Community, and Economic Partnerships host annual Expungement Clinics twice a year in the spring and fall.

Vernon Rice Holiday Memorial Turkey Program

Our Vernon Rice Holiday Memorial Turkey Program is named for Vernon Rice, a former JHU employee who launched his own unofficial charity effort in 1976. Vernon, a maintenance mechanic for the Homewood campus vehicle fleet, wanted to bring help to people in need in our community.

10K Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) is a program for small businesses that links learning to action.

Innovation Fund for Community Safety

The JHU Innovation Fund for Community Safety is a four-year, $6 million commitment to support innovative, community-led programs designed to curb violence.

Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund

The Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund was created in 2007 to support nonprofit organizations that both serve the communities in close proximity to Hopkins campuses and are associated with Johns Hopkins through employee or institutional involvement.