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BHB Team

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 Costa is Infant Mortality and Child Fatality Review Director at the Baltimore City Health Department, where she leads the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review and Child Fatality Review projects. 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 Community Building: Community Economic Development in Social Work (Columbia University Press, 2014).

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.

Jennifer Kirschner manages BHB’s Preventing Substance Exposed Pregnancies (PSEP) program and coalition. A Certified Health Education Specialist, Jen was a co-founding member of Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition and served as the organization’s first Executive Director. Prior to joining the Health Department, Jen enjoyed working on overdose prevention and response efforts with Behavioral Health System Baltimore. Jen de-stresses by watching sappy television, attempting to complete word puzzles, and goofing around with small children. She received her master’s degree in Health Education and Health Communication from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds an A.B. in Psychology from Vassar College. 

Gena O’Keefe, MD serves as an advisor to BHB and has been with the initiative 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.

Apral Smith is a Program Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She supports BHB's social media, special events, and activities. After graduating from Coppin State College with a BA in English with a concentration in Broadcast Production and Technologies, Apral gained valuable experience by coordinating event promotion in the Baltimore area. Apral is the founder and CEO of an entertainment and film production company.

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 Communications Associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. Since 2011, she has managed BHB's digital platforms, led development on many of the program's print communications, and provided communications assistance to BHB's initiatives in teen pregnancy, breastfeeding, tobacco cessation, family planning, early literacy, home visiting, and safe sleep and to the community programs. 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. In May 2012, Tina earned her MSPH in health education and health communication from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jazmyn Covington is Program Director of Home Visiting at Family League of Baltimore.  Jazmyn received a BA in Psychology, as well as a minor in Leadership Studies, from Hampton University in 2011. In 2015, she earned a Master of Public Health degree (Community and Population Health concentration) from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has experience in community engagement and outreach, and has thoroughly researched the ways that engagement can influence the health of communities, families, and individuals.  She loves public health, and is particularly interested in urban and family health. 

Stacey Tuck works for the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) as the Director of Maternal and Infant Care Systems Operations. 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. Mrs. Tuck has over 20 years of Maternal and Child Health experience at BCHD in program development and monitoring, health education/promotion, and fiscal administration. She has raised or managed over 20 million dollars in program funds, led the B’more Fit for Healthy Babies Program, and has played a significant role in the development of the following BHB components: the original ABCs of Safe Sleep campaign and the Baltimore Community Doula Program. She considers it a blessing to work alongside esteemed colleagues and community members to see B’more for Healthy Babies grow from a written strategy to a thriving, living, multi-faceted initiative. Most importantly, she is a wife and the proud mom of two fabulous boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, leading her church dance ministry, working out, and cooking.  

Liz Tung is the Program Director of School Readiness at Family League of Baltimore.  She previously was a Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Health, where she helped the agency prepare for accreditation and adapt to the Affordable Care Act.  Before moving to Baltimore, Liz was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo where she worked on a community-based HIV treatment and care program.  She also spent five years as a Program Officer for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva, where she helped manage the Kenya and Uganda portfolios and define the organization’s performance-based funding model.  Liz has a B.A. in History from Yale University and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.  She loves living a few blocks from her office with her husband, Roy, and their young children. 

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