Registration open for MdPHA’s Annual Conference, taking place at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Time: 8:45AM – 4:30PM

(Registration opens at 7:30AM)

Registration on site

5.5 CHES (entry-level) Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH) will be available from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). Sponsored by The Towson University Department of Health Sciences. 

Tuesday Program

Tuesday features our traditional day long educational program with keynote, policymaker panel, plenary, lunch, and breakout sessions.

Keynote Speaker

Brian D. SmedleyBrian D. Smedley
Executive Director

Brian D. Smedley is Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, a project that connects research, policy analysis, and communications with on-the-ground activism to advance health equity.  From 2008 to 2014, Dr. Smedley was Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a research and policy organization focused on addressing the needs of communities of color. Formerly, Dr.  Smedley was Research Director and co-founder of a communications, research, and policy organization, The Opportunity Agenda, and was a Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where he served as Study Director for several IOM reports on health disparities.

Afternoon Plenary — “How Policy has Impacted the Health Disparity and Equity Movement in Maryland”

Dr. Noel Brathwaite, Director, MHHD Dr. Brathwaite joined the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities in December 2017 as Director. He is an international public health expert who gained experiences working with health issues in the United States, the Caribbean and parts of West and East Africa. Prior to joining MHHD, he organized the Greater Los Angeles Health Network to collaboratively tackle Urban and Suburban issues of health that continue to disproportionately impact people of African descent. Originally from the Caribbean, Dr. Brathwaite’s research interests include the impact of geography and lifestyle on chronic disease; health and premature mortality in small island developing states; and health system resiliency.

His vision is to work collaboratively with the MHHD team and other stakeholders to position the MHHD as a Transformative and Innovative agent that significantly lowers health disparities within the next decade. His goal is to advance prevention, equal health care access, quality treatment and improved health for all populations in Maryland.


 Closing Session — “Exploring Implicit Bias: Its Impact on Achieving Equity in Public Health”

Stephanie C. Slowly, MSW, LCSW-C
Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities 
Stephanie Slowly joined the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities in July, 2016 and currently serves as the office’s Deputy Director.  Prior to joining MHHD, Ms. Slowly served as the Deputy Chief of Programs and Training Capacity for the Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program with Maryland Department of Health. There she enhanced the training capacity and awareness of this program to hundreds of case managers, program directors and external stakeholders. Additionally, she aided in the strategic planning for the Maryland integrated HIV plan for the state of Maryland.  As the Deputy Director, Ms. Slowly is committed to engagement, training, and enhancement of innovative approaches to address the health equity needs throughout the state of Maryland. Ms. Slowly believes that the work of health equity is one in which everyone has to be an active participant. As a social worker, Ms. Slowly spent 10 years in direct care service working in medical social work where she implemented programs, advised on policy and advocated for the needs of the most underserved and vulnerable populations.  Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from The Norfolk State University and she went on to recieve a Masters of Social Work from the Evelyn R. School of Social Work from Norfolk State University. She has gone on to become a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical through the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.

Additional Highlights!

Stephanie KlapperStephanie Klapper
Deputy Director, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative
Stephanie Klapper, LGSW, has been working to elevate communities’ and patients’ voices in healthcare since 2010. Ms. Klapper is Deputy Director at Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative (MCHI), and helps oversee the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition which comprises of hundreds of faith, business, labor, policy, community, and health organizations working together toward quality, affordable healthcare for all Marylanders. Since joining MCHI in 2014, Ms. Klapper has worked on increasing access and affordability for health coverage and prescription drugs, and has built the Maryland Faith Health Network to create stronger connections between health systems and faith congregations. In addition, Ms. Klapper serves as a consumer representative on state workgroups. Prior to joining MCHI, Ms. Klapper developed Patient Reported Outcomes measures for clinical trials.

Policymaker Panel

The MdPHA Advocacy Committee is proud to present this year’s advocacy panel. Hear from your elected officials about policies they’re supporting that will improve public health and the quality of life for all Marylanders. We’ll hear what’s on the horizon for 2019 locally and in Annapolis, dig into the legislative process, and talk about ways you can get involved!


Councilwoman Sneed Shannon Sneed
Baltimore City Councilwoman
Shannon Sneed has the opportunity to represent the many communities that make-up the 13th District in East Baltimore. She was elected to serve in 2016 and works to improve the quality of life for residents in the district.

Councilwoman Sneed is a product of Maryland’s higher education system. After graduating high school, she attended University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English. She then earned a Master’s degree in communications at Morgan State University.

With over 15 years of experience in Journalism, Shannon is a polished and articulate communicator and creative thinking professional. Covering local issues and politics, she has worked for WMDT in Salisbury MS, Fox 45 Baltimore and WJZ Channel 13.

As Councilwoman and Chairwoman of the Labor Committee, Shannon works to bridge the gap between City government and the neighborhoods it serves. She is passionate about youth and education, government transparency, women’s rights issues, and best labor practices within the work environment.   During her short period in office, Shannon has introduced, sponsored and passed laws that benefit all Baltimore City residents. To honor an important women in medicine, she introduced legislation to make August 1st Henrietta Lacks Day in Baltimore City. Providing protection to contract workers, she introduced the Displaced Workers Protection Act to keep service employee from being suddenly laid off. In the effort of promoting government transparency, she also sponsored the Residency Requirements Bill, which requires any supervisor or agency head who reports directly to the Mayor to live in the City. Most recently, she has introduced a Lactation Accommodation Bill which would require employers to provide a safe place for new mothers to pump and allocate additional break time.

From City school forums to liquor board hearings, community walks and meetings, Shannon works diligently to address the concerns of residents in District 13 and provides support to promote civic engagement. Councilwoman Shannon Sneed currently lives in Ellwood Park with her husband Ramond and their young daughter Rae.

Terri HillTerri Hill
State Delegate
Delegate Dr. Terri Hill is a plastic surgeon who was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2014, representing Baltimore and Howard Counties in District 12. She serves on the Health and Government Operations Committee and on the Insurance and the Health Facilities and Pharmaceuticals Subcommittees.

She has served on several workgroups, including Death with Dignity/Aid in Dying, Justice Reinvestment, and College Affordability.

Recent recognitions include the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Physician Leader and the American College of Emergency Physicians Maryland Chapter’s Legislator of the Year Awards, as well as a 2017 Maryland State Medical Society Legislative Award.

Del. Hill earned her A.B in bio-electric engineering from Harvard University, her M.D from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and lives in Columbia, Maryland.

Brooke Lierman
State Delegate

Brooke Lierman is a champion for Baltimore and a modern-day juggler: she is a mother of two, a wife, a state legislator, and a civil rights lawyer. Currently in her first term as a State Delegate from Baltimore City, Brooke has won a reputation as an effective advocate and skilled legislator who works tirelessly on behalf of her constituents and on a variety of issues, including education, transit, environmental, and social justice concerns. In 2017, Brooke was named both Legislator of the Year by Maryland Hunger Solutions for her work on hunger issues, and a Green Legislative Champion by the Maryland League of Conservation Workers (the only legislator from Baltimore City to receive the distinction). Brooke has been named to the Baltimore Sun Magazine’s 50 Women to Watch, The Daily Record’s Leading Women list, Baltimore Magazine’s 40 Under 40, and as a Maryland Rising Star since 2013 in Super Lawyers.

As a State Delegate on the House Appropriations Committee, Brooke plays a major role in managing Maryland’s $42 bn+ budget, including prioritizing funds for education, services for people with disabilities, and public transit, and also holding state agencies accountable for fiscal responsibility and program performance. Brooke has oversight of the environmental and transportation agencies, and has pressed those agencies, as well as the Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, on enforcement of laws. Brooke also serves on the Joint Committee on Pension Oversight and the Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness, as well as the Baltimore Regional Revitalization Workgroup.

In addition to serving on the Appropriations Committee, Brooke has carried and passed a wide array of important statewide initiatives. Brooke has championed legislation to protect the environment by banning EPS foam and reducing single-use plastics, and passed an important bill to close a loophole in Maryland’s family leave law to ensure employees face no retaliation for requesting leave. Every session, Brooke has introduced legislation to improve public transit in Maryland – by overhauling the MTA, eliminating the onerous farebox mandate, or requiring planning and increasing funding by and for our transit agency. Brooke also successfully passed legislation to stem the school-to-prison pipeline by prohibiting suspensions and expulsions of preK-2nd graders in Maryland public school (a growing problem, especially for students of color and students with disabilities). Brooke has also championed legislation related to child care access, the rights of low-wage workers, gun violence prevention, and more.


Please download the call for abstracts here.

Below are some clarification items for submitting:
  1. The research that is featured in your abstract and poster does not have to be specific to Md.
  2. You do not have to be a student in a Md. school to submit an abstract.
  3. You are not required to be a member of MdPHA to submit an abstract and present a poster; however, you will be required to register at the early bird rates in order to attend if accepted.
  4. Abstracts will be accepted from students at all levels–undergrad, graduate, post-docs, fellows, and recent graduates (within the previous 6 months).

    • Breakfast and lunch provided
    • Election of board members–you may nominate yourself or another at the conference!
    • Networking!


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