Pamela Bohrer Brown, Director of Maternal and Child Health and Multicultural Programs for Baltimore Medical System, coordinates BHB activities in Patterson Park North and East. She is a member of a bilingual/bicultural family and resided in Venezuela for 17 years before moving to Baltimore. Cultural competency in health care and access to health care for immigrants are areas of particular interest. As the Prenatal Coordinator of Planned Parenthood of Maryland (1999-2002), she had the opportunity to accompany many immigrant women through labor and delivery as a doula (labor companion). She is a trained medical interpreter and trainer of interpreters. Pamela has worked on increasing access to health care for immigrants with HealthCare Access Maryland and Baltimore Medical System.
Cathy Church-Balin provides technical assistance to the design, implementation, and management of health communication projects in maternal and child health and directs the communication component of the BHB Initiative. She has over 20 years of experience in health communication and a decade in business development. She is currently the Business Development Director at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP). Before returning to CCP in 2004 to lead business development efforts, she was Director of Education and Director of Maternal Health Information for the March of Dimes and a consultant with KPMG. She holds a master of health sciences in Maternal and Child Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a master of business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Cathy Costa, Maternal and Child Health Program Manager at the Baltimore City Health Department, manages the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review and Child Fatality Review programs and the BHB Trauma-Informed Care Initiative. Prior to this, she worked in academic publishing developing online screening and assessment tools for young children. She holds Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and School of Medicine where she focused on community social work practice and racial and socioeconomic disparities in infant mortality and maternal mental health. She is a co-author of the forthcoming book Community Building: Community Economic Development in Social Work (Columbia University Press, in press). Cathy is passionate about football and volunteering with children in foster care through the Court-Appointed Special Advocate program.
Cassandra Davis, a Public Health Prevention Service Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), coordinates and manages the city-wide Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. She has several years of experience teaching and promoting family planning and sexual health among youth. She has also conducted and assisted in research focused on improving maternal and child health outcomes both domestically and abroad. Cassandra earned a master of public health in Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Following her degree, she worked as an Environmental Health Scientist with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals conducting Adult Blood Lead and Heavy Metal Surveillance to help identify and reduce occupational health risks among workers and families. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, any outdoor activity and spending time with friends and family.
Jennifer Epstein is a 2010 Public Health Prevention Service Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a two-year field placement with the Baltimore City Health Department. The majority of her professional work has been with non-profit organizations, focusing on public health and community development, both domestic and international. She received a master of science in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a concentration in community development. Outside of the office Jenny loves to spend time with friends and family, cook (and eat), add to her growing “must read, see, and hear” list, and try out all the great food Baltimore has to offer!
Jana Goins is an Epidemiologist for the Baltimore City Health Department’s Bureau of Maternal & Child Health. She received her master’s degree in Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Following her degree she worked in a clinical research setting at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, running a large data & bio-specimen repository to study rare diseases of the central nervous system. She has international experience working abroad in Central America as a data analyst/technical advisor for HIV & STI Behavioral Surveillance Surveys among high risk populations. Although she is a California native, she takes great pride in being a Baltimore City resident and enjoys giving back to the community through public health-based research and programs.
Min Kim is a one-year contracted AmeriCorps VISTA member that serves as a peer outreach program coordinator for the Baltimore City Health Department. Her program focuses on interconception care, bereavement services, and recruiting mothers in Baltimore City that have had a fetal or infant loss to serve as peer mentors for other mothers with similar experiences. She work closely with the Equity Coalition, Fetal-Infant Mortality Review board, and neighborhood action teams. She has coordinated several community and project outreach projects. She received her BA in Community Health Education from Towson University in 2013 and plans to pursue a MSW. One day, she hopes to be a lactation consultant for underserved mothers. She enjoys spending time with her family and dogs and eating.
Laura Latta manages both FLBC-funded home visiting programs and the expansion of Baby Basics programs citywide. Before joining BHB, Laura served as the program coordinator for two large, multi-faceted, childhood overweight and obesity prevention projects at the University of Maryland. She has an MHS degree in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, with significant experience designing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs. In addition, she has coordinated several program outreach and recruitment efforts, including community events and direct marketing campaigns.
Dearea Matthews is a Peer Mentor at the Baltimore City Health Department’s Bureau of Maternal & Child Health. In 2010 she agreed to become BHB’s first – and most prominent – advocate of the SLEEP SAFE campaign following the death of Charlie, her 1-month-old baby. Dearea’s story is featured in a powerful video viewed by all parents at birthing hospitals throughout Baltimore City. She has appeared in the news media numerous times and is a regularly featured speaker at BHB annual events. As Peer Mentor Dearea helps lead a new initiative providing peer support to parents in bereavement. She is currently training to become a Certified Birthing & Postpartum Doula as well as a Lactation Consultant. She hopes to finish her degree in nursing and become a Certified Nurse Midwife. She lives with her husband, Derrick, and three children in Baltimore County. In her spare time, Dearea enjoys cooking, family fun days with her husband and children, going to church, and dancing with Victorious Ministries’ Artistry of Victory Dance Team under the leadership of Pastor Tony Smith.
Sadiya Muqueeth is a 2012 Public Health Prevention Service Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a two-year field placement with the Baltimore City Health Department. Sadiya coordinates the Preventing Substance Exposed Pregnancies Coalition. She earned her bachelors in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University, after which she worked as a research assistant in CDC’s foodborne outbreaks and surveillance teams and then served as a rural health volunteer with Peace Corps in Paraguay. While earning her Masters of Public Health from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Sadiya worked on a community based participatory research study on physical activity and a student consultant group focused on improving a sexual and reproductive health education program for Latino youth. Outside of the office, Sadiya enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, and doing outdoor activities.
Stephanie Regenold is Senior Advisor to the Baltimore City Health Department’s Babies Born Healthy Initiative which includes B’more for Healthy Babies. She also coordinates the ABCs of Safe Sleep Initiative for the health department. She graduated with a BA in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She subsequently received her medical degree from McGill University and her master of public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She completed a Preventive Medicine Residency through the Maryland State Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and a Family Practice Residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore. She worked in Family Practice in Oregon and in Maryland, and worked several years in college health at the Johns Hopkins University.
Sharon Rumber manages BHB initiatives to coordinate and improve home visiting services in Baltimore City. She is the Program Director for the Baltimore City Health Department’s Office of Maternal & Infant Care. She has worked in this position for the past 9 years and has over 20 years of nursing experience. As program director she has developed and implemented policies around home-visiting to high-risk pregnant women and infants. Sharon has also worked as a clinical nurse in the obstetric unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. As an experienced nurse, she has also provided mentoring and training to students and public health workers from the US and abroad. Sharon earned her bachelor of science in nursing from University of Maryland and holds a master’s degree in nursing from Johns Hopkins University.
Paula Stauffer, a Program Officer II at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, supports BHB’s communication and community initiatives in nutrition and fitness, literacy, substance abuse prevention, tobacco control, safe sleep and family planning. She has developed communication strategies and worked on numerous behavior change programs in South Asia and elsewhere. She has also managed the start-up of a national HIV prevention program in Ghana and mobilized a coalition of providers in South Baltimore to improve referrals to substance abuse and HIV/AIDS services. Paula began her career as a writer for health-related organizations. She has years of experience writing about health issues for the purposes of advocacy, education, and development. She has a master of health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Stacey B. Stephens is Director of BHB’s Upton/Druid Heights Program. She has over 17 years of experience in assisting underserved women and children gain access to medical and mental health services throughout the Baltimore and the D.C. Metropolitan area. Stacey has worked at several nationally renowned hospitals including Johns Hopkins Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical System and The Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She has developed several community based programs that help women and adolescent girls in the areas of HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and infant mortality. Stacey is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work and an Adjunct Professor at Morgan State University School of Social Work where she teaches and inspires future healthcare professionals. She is a Certified Diversity Practitioner which enables her to help individuals, groups, organizations and communities effectively manage cultural differences and influence system change. Stacey earned a master of social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
Tina Suliman is a master’s student completing her field work with the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She assists BHB Initiative by providing communication and social media support. After graduating from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology in 2006, Tina worked as a research assistant on a clinic asthma study at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Tina plans to earn her MSPH in health education and health communication from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in May 2012.
Robin Truiett-Theodorson is Project Coordinator, Healthy Communities Initiative, at Family League of Baltimore and co-director of the B’more Fit for Healthy Babies weight loss and fitness intervention. Robin previously served in key leadership roles in the athletics departments of several colleges and universities where she helped to advance gender equity in women’s programs; ensured the institution was in NCAA compliance and assisted coaches and student-athletes in the areas of sporting achievement and academic growth. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, organizational management, program coordination, communication, and compliance monitoring. She holds a doctorate in education from Morgan State University and a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Tennessee.
Stacey Tuck is co-director of the B’more Fit for Healthy Babies Coalition that is on the cusp of making major strides in reducing obesity among postpartum women. She sits on the BHB Core Implementation Team and assists in managing BHB grant awards which exceed $4M. Stacey is also the Administrator for the BCHD Maternal and Infant Care Program where she directly oversees the program’s $2M budget and makes programmatic decisions as an integral part of the management team. Stacey has over 15 years of maternal and child health experience in program development and monitoring, health education/promotion, and fiscal administration. She earned her master of health sciences from Towson University in 2002 and a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences from Northwestern University in 1994. Stacey is a devoted wife and the proud mom of two fabulous boys. She enjoys taking taekwondo with her sons, leading her church dance ministry, and enjoying peace and quiet at home.