October 18, 2022 / Liz Kaylor
Iveth Campo is the longest-tenured Community Health Worker (CHW) at Baltimore Medical System (BMS). As Maryland’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center system, BMS cares for patients in Baltimore City’s underserved communities, including 8,000+ people of Hispanic origin. Throughout her 15 years with BMS, Iveth has focused on working with Spanish-speaking families and addressing their critical health care needs. She has provided education, resources, and personalized care to help Spanish-speaking patients better manage chronic conditions; reduce rates of teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and infant death; and guard themselves against COVID-19.
When Iveth joined BMS in March 2007, her first assignment was with the “Salud para la Vida” (Health for Life) program. Funded by CareFirst, this program provided education and support through home visits to African American and Latino patients living with chronic illnesses, including diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Iveth underwent extensive CHW training to visit patients in their homes and help them make small lifestyle changes to positively impact their health.
Iveth has played a significant role in BMS’s work for B’More for Healthy Babies, an initiative launched in 2010 to reduce infant mortality in Baltimore City. She was trained in the Baby Basics Moms Club curriculum and has guided many Spanish-speaking pregnant women through the 6-week program. Iveth is also trained in Safe Sleep practices and supports families in providing healthy home environments for their infants.
In 2018, the Baltimore City Health Department partnered with BMS on the “Map to Success” program, providing support and case management to pregnant and parenting teens. Iveth worked with 90 teen families over two years to assist them with staying in school, finding employment opportunities, and addressing the needs of their children. She very much took to heart the mission of connecting these young families to health care and emphasized the importance of reproductive health care to the young parents.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Iveth helped to develop and implement safe and efficient COVID-19 testing workflows for BMS’s community-based testing program and helped to bring services and information directly to Baltimore’s diverse neighborhoods. She dedicated countless hours to communicating critical COVID-19 information in Spanish – phoning patients to explain test results, relay isolation and quarantine instructions and best practices, answer questions, and recommend community resources to address concerns and challenges.
Since 2021, Iveth continues to focus on reducing rates of teen pregnancy and STIs through partnerships between BMS and the Baltimore City Health Department. She is currently rotating between BMS’s four School-Based Health Centers and presenting “UCHAT,” which educates high school students on the importance of STI testing and promotes reproductive health to help teens be more responsible and make healthy decisions for their future.
Congratulations Iveth- BMS is grateful for your years of service and proud of your work with Hispanic families and the communities we serve.