HSCRC Jobs Project

For Unemployed Residents Seeking Jobs while Strengthening Their Communities

To improve population health in Baltimore’s most disadvantaged areas and assist individuals who have difficulty getting work, BACH coordinates training and services to develop workers for community-based jobs. Job training and support are offered without charge to selected participants.

In this program, BACH serves as an intermediary for a collaborative of eight hospitals, while community partners provide wraparound services and technical trainers prepare participants for state certification. While BACH does not guarantee jobs, our career coaches support participants throughout the training, application and hiring process, and employment.

Eligible individuals living in targeted high-poverty communities, who may have little or no work history, may possess a criminal record, or be in long-term recovery from substance abuse or mental health issues, are given an opportunity to get the training and support they need to apply for jobs in their own communities. No past healthcare experience is expected, although participants must have reliable access to transportation, a computer, and Wi-Fi.

Possible job tracks include community health workers, peer recovery specialists, and home-based certified nursing assistants. A Community Health Worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of the community served. A Peer Recovery Specialist is a health worker with lived experience in long-term recovery from substance abuse and/or a mental health condition, who provides non-clinical support to others in recovery. A home-based certified nursing assistant provides similar services as a CNA based in a healthcare facility, but visits patients where they live.

More than 200 formerly unemployed and underemployed Baltimore-area residents have secured community-based jobs through the HSCRC Jobs Program since 2017.


This is a free training program for residents seeking employment in front-line public health roles including as Community Health Workers (CHW) or Peer Recovery Specialists (PRS.) Some opportunities may be available for homecare based Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) as well. Program phases include screening and intake, essential skills training, and technical skills training, as well as post-training support.

As defined by the Maryland Department of Health: A Community Health Worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables a CHW to serve as a liaison to or link to health and social services and the community. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self‐sufficiency through outreach, community education, social support, and advocacy.

A PRS is a frontline health worker with self-identified lived experience in long-term recovery from substance abuse and/or a mental health condition, who provides non-clinical support to others in recovery. For this program, sustained recovery from substance abuse is a requirement. A PRS must have formal training in the domains of advocacy, ethical responsibility, mentoring/education, and recovery/wellness support, according to the Maryland Addiction and Behavioral Health Professionals Certification Board.

BACH coordinates the program and provides a career coach to support program participants transitioning between training, the job search, application, hiring process, and post-training.

Our community partner, Turnaround Tuesday, incorporates wraparound support services into the program, including identifying  potential barriers to employment, so that they may be addressed before enrollment. Turnaround Tuesday also provides essential skills training and support for at least two years after training completion.

Central Maryland Area Health Education Center and CCBC provide CHW training. Jordan Peer Recovery Training provides PRS Training.

The program is supported by Good Samaritan Hospital, Harbor Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, LifeBridge Sinai Hospital, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Union Memorial Hospital, and University of Maryland Medical Center Downtown and Midtown campuses. These employers hire CHWs, PRSs, and/or CNAs, and BACH will share job opportunities when available.

You must be 18 years or older, have a copy of your GED/ high school diploma, be authorized to work in the USA, and be a resident of one of the target zip codes listed below. You must have reliable transportation and access to a computer and Wi-Fi or internet. Space in classes may be limited, and priority will be given to candidates who are unemployed or underemployed but are interested in finding full-time employment. Depending on employer priorities, bilingual candidates may be prioritized. Peer Recovery Specialist training also requires personal lived experience of sustained recovery from substance abuse, typically at least two years.

The target zip codes are:

21201 21202 21205 21206 21207
21209 21211 21213 21214 21215
21216 21217 21218 21220 21221
21222 21223 21224 21225 21226
21227 21229 21230 21231 21239

No. Past experience working in healthcare is not required or expected.

Yes, incumbent workers may be eligible. In assessing whether this training program fits your professional goals, consider if you are interested in getting certification and/or changing your job. If you are an incumbent employee at one of the participating hospitals, we encourage you to connect internally with staff in Workforce Development, Career Coaching, or Human Resources for support while balancing your work schedule with your training schedule.

You may be eligible for essential skills training and support services such as job placement assistance through this program. If you currently hold certifications, or recently completed related training, you will be asked to share training certificates and verify state certifications during the enrollment process. This will help us match you up with services and training that would be a fit for your goals.

During times of active recruitment, candidates will be invited to attend a one-on-one session with our designated community partner. Eligibility assessment will include a reading and math exam for basic skills. Successful candidates will be invited to attend orientation for essential skills training and program enrollment.

Space may be limited. Successful completion of each phase is required for eligibility. Program partners may select candidates based on essential skills performance and other priorities identified by employers. When space is limited, the program may set up a waitlist.

The training program is free. Participants are responsible for the cost of their own transportation. For some trainings, like CNA training, participants are responsible for the cost of their own uniforms.

No, this is an unpaid, pre-employment training.

All participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion. Technical trainings provided through this program count towards state credentials. You can learn more about the CHW credential from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the PRS credential from the Maryland Association of Professional (MAPBCP). During technical training, instructors will share more information about the certification process. You may need to satisfy additional requirements beyond training completion to obtain certification, depending on current requirements from the certifying agencies.

Exact program length varies depending on the job track and seasonal calendar. On average, active training includes 2-3 weeks of essential skills and 3-6 weeks of technical skills training. Trainings may be online, in-person, or hybrid. Trainings usually take place during weekday business hours, between 9am and 3:30pm.

All jobs directly associated with the program are full-time, pay above minimum wage, and include benefit packages. Details are based on the occupation and determined by each participating employer.

No, jobs are not guaranteed. Availability and placement in jobs depends on employer need and fit. Candidates must complete a standard application process, including electronic applications, interviews, background checks, and health screenings. The timeline and steps for the process vary based on the employer.

Selected participants will be connected to resources throughout the program and for at least two years following program completion through Turnaround Tuesday. If a participant does not successfully complete the full training program, or does not secure employment in a related job, the community partner will continue to help with alternative job placements.

BACH also has a full-time career coach, who supports participants in transitions between training and into employment. The career coach can assist with submitting applications, resume writing, interview preparation, time management strategies, communication skills, self-advocating strategies, building a career plan, and more.

Yes, consistent access to a computer and internet or Wi-Fi is an expectation of this program. If you need assistance securing computer or internet access, resources may be available through community partners. Please communicate your needs when enrolling in essential skills.

You do not need a driver’s license or vehicle to complete the training program, but you do need access to consistently reliable transportation. Training locations, interview sites, and work sites may be located throughout the Baltimore area. If you need assistance with transportation, including public transit, please communicate your needs when enrolling in essential skills. 

Many of the jobs associated with the program are community- or field-based, and some employers may require a driver’s license in good standing and a personal vehicle for certain positions.   

Interested candidates should complete this eligibility form. We will contact you when we begin actively recruiting for our next program.

Take the Next Step

To find out if you are eligible for any of our programs, please tell us about yourself.