Government and Community Affairs supports the Johns Hopkins University and Medicine in carrying out initiatives meant to improve the quality of life of the neighborhoods and communities surrounding our campuses.

Below are some of the state and local initiatives that Johns Hopkins is involved with that GCA supports. These efforts focus on education, economic, and community success.


BLocal is a commitment by Baltimore-area businesses to leverage their collective influence to help strengthen the city and create opportunities for Baltimoreans. Twenty-seven BLocal partners have set public goals to support city residents and local and women- and minority-owned businesses when making decisions about building, hiring, buying, and investing. In the program’s first year, BLocal partners reported millions of dollars in increased spending with city and diverse suppliers, increased hiring and internships for city residents, and more support of community organizations. Learn more about BLocal here.

Eager Park

Dedicated in May 2017 Eager Park is part of a development that leverages the Johns Hopkins medical campus into a stronger economic driver through investment and development to continue the revitalization of the neighborhood. The park hosts health classes, outdoor movies, and community events. To learn more about upcoming events and how to reserve the park click here.

Homewood Community Partners Initiative

Launched by Johns Hopkins University in December 2012, the Homewood Community Partners Initiative (HCPI) is an economic development strategy prepared and implemented in partnership with residents, business leaders, nonprofit organizations, institutions, and government. Focused on 10 neighborhoods around the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, HCPI is driven by 29 action-oriented recommendations. President Ronald J. Daniels pledged $10 million over five years towards the estimated cost of $60 million to implement the recommendations. The overall strategy for this vibrant urban center includes attracting 3,000 new households to the area over the course of 10 years by creating exciting, accessible retail shops and arts, entertainment, and cultural institutions with a strong residential real estate market, high-caliber amenities, and quality public schools. Learn more about HCPI here.


HopkinsLocal is a firm commitment to leverage Johns Hopkins’ economic power to expand participation of local and minority-owned businesses in construction opportunities; increase our hiring of city residents, with a focus on neighborhoods in need of job opportunities; and enhance economic growth, employment, and investment in Baltimore through our purchasing activities. Learn more about HopkinsLocal here.


Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) is a national program which creates a school-to-industry pipeline for students in STEM fields. In Baltimore programs currently exist at Dunbar High School and Carver Vocational Technical High school. Baltimore’s P-TECH program is made possible by the support of its partners: Johns Hopkins; IBM; University of Maryland, Baltimore; Kaiser Permanente; Baltimore City Community College and Baltimore City Public Schools. Learn more about PTECH through the Johns Hopkins Dome or the Maryland Department of Education.

Summer Jobs

Johns Hopkins University and Medicine participates in the YouthWorks initiative of the Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Employment Development that connects thousands of young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to summer jobs with private, nonprofit, and city and state government employers throughout Baltimore. Participants work in a variety of industries and gain basic workforce readiness and career-specific skills. YouthWorks partners include the City of Baltimore, State of Maryland, local employers, nonprofits, philanthropic contributors, the Baltimore City Foundation, and the Baltimore Workforce Development Board Youth Committee. Learn more about YouthWorks here.