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BHB Leadership

Rebecca Dineen is co-lead of the BHB Initiative (along with Family League of Baltimore) and the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health at the Baltimore City Health Department where she has worked since 2008.  She has 17 years of experience providing support for all stages of project development (proposal, design, implementation, and evaluation) in a variety of areas including: quality assurance, performance improvement for health systems development, training, community mobilization, and behavior change. Rebecca has worked in fourteen countries on three continents in maternal and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and primary health care programs. Her experience includes work in both the public and private sectors. She earned a master of science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998 and her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 1989.  

Gena O’Keefe, MD has been co-lead of Baltimore City's strategy to improve birth outcomes, B'more for Healthy Babies, since 2009.  She is also a Senior Associate with The Annie E. Casey Foundation where she is on the Baltimore Civic Site team and has used her public health and medical background to design comprehensive health strategies, curriculum, and services for Elev8 Baltimore, an integrated services initiative for East Baltimore.  Prior to joining The Casey Foundation, Gena served as a Senior Advisor for Special Projects and Child Welfare to the Health Commissioner at the Baltimore City Health Department where she organized and led collaborative projects to address public health crises. She developed and implemented the Medicare Part D Surveillance and Response Initiative which was named a national model for public health practice. Dr. O’Keefe earned her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2004 and her undergraduate degree in English from Harvard University in 1987.

Cathy Costa, is co-lead of BHB at the Family League of Baltimore, where she oversees the organization's prenatal to age 4 strategy. She began working with BHB in 2012, leading the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review and Child Fatality Review projects, and she has expertise in community needs assessment, program design, community mobilization, evaluation, racial and socioeconomic disparities in infant mortality, and maternal mental health. Previously, she led collaborations with researchers to develop web-based versions of leading screening and assessment tools and innovative outcomes monitoring systems for federal early childhood special education requirements. She earned Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and School of Medicine in 2012 and an undergraduate degree in American Studies and English from Dickinson College in 1996. She is a co-author of the forthcoming book Community Building: Community Economic Development in Social Work (Columbia University Press, in press).

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