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Core Implementation Team (CIT)


The CIT is comprised of program staff from government, non-profit, and academic sectors who plan for how to implement BHB’s work. CIT members use data, feedback from families and staff, and best practices to develop programs and campaigns. They also lead BHB’s technical workgroups and coalitions on specific health topics.


All CIT members commit to an anti-racist approach and participate in anti-racist trainings and coalitions. 

How It Works

The CIT meets as a large group every other Monday. The CIT's leadership structure is comprised of representatives from the lead agencies. 

What It is Doing 

Their ongoing work includes:

  • Mobilizing communities to build upon their assets and strengths for action and advocacy

  • Prioritize and take action on recommendations from Baltimore City’s Fetal-Infant Mortality Review and Child Fatality Review Teams to reduce infant mortality

  • Improving the public health system of preconception, pregnancy, and early childhood programs and services

  • Linking families to resources, housing, jobs, and social supports

  • Advocating for policies that will help reduce health disparities among black women and their infants

  • Taking collective action to address the seven priority areas identified and prioritized by families, staff, and partners as affecting health outcomes for women and children.


In addition to their ongoing work and commitment to their mandate, the CIT's accomplishments to date include:

  • Expanded home visiting citywide

  • Created the centralized intake system for care coordination of pregnant women and young families

  • Integrated pregnancy and early childhood support interventions into existing city programs and services

  • Increased citywide access to the full range of birth control methods

  •  Implemented evidence-based sexual health curriculum in City Schools

  • Reduced sleep-related infant deaths through an ongoing campaign of standardized messaging, provider education, community mobilization, and media campaigns

  • Funded community teams in Upton/Druid Heights and Patterson Park North & East that have reached more than 30,000 residents and connected birthing families to prenatal care, Moms Clubs, and resources like WIC and safe sleep education

Who is at the Table

The CIT is convened by the Baltimore City Health Department and co-leads HealthCare Access Maryland and Family League of Baltimore. The CIT is comprised of representatives from the following agencies and entities:

Baltimore City Health Department • Family League of Baltimore • HealthCare Access Maryland • Baltimore Medical System • The Annie E. Casey Foundation • University of Maryland School of Social Work's Promise Heights • Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

How to Get in Touch

Rebecca Dineen

Assistant Commissioner, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Baltimore City Health Department

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