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Congressman John Sarbanes, representing Maryland’s 3rd District (includes Towson), will deliver a welcome message at the beginning of our conference

** This activity has been approved for four (4) CHES (entry-level) Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH) from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). **

8:00-8:45 Registration


9-9:15 Opening Remarks

Dr. Lisa Plowfield, Dean of the College of Health Professions, Towson University

9:15-10:15 Keynote

Less Talk More Action: Accelerating 4th Generation Disparities Research to Achieve Health Equity
Dr. Stephen B. Thomas, Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity, UMD School of Public Health

10:15-10:35 Break


10:35-10:45 Legislative Panel: Policy Addressing Social Determinants of health in MD

Moderator: Delegate Steve Lafferty
Panelists: Delegate Luke Clippinger; Delegate Antonio Hayes; Councilwoman Vicki Almond, Baltimore County Council

12-1:15 Lunch/Business Meeting/Awards Ceremony


1:30-2:30 Panels/Sessions A1 and A2

From a Good Idea to a Good Campaign – How to Develop and Fight
for Public Health Progress
Matt Celentano, MD Healthcare for All! Coalition

Mental Health and Youth: Exploring Exposures, Stigma, Prejudice, Adversity, and Resilience

Focus on LGBTQ Youth:
Panelists: Lamont Stanley Bryant, Sexual Minority Program Coordinator & Gabrielle Mnkande, Community Mobilization Coordinator, STAR TRACK Adolescent Health Program, UMD School of Medicine

Lead Poisoning and Our Youth
Panelist: Marché Taylor Templeton, Community Outreach and Engagement,  Green and Healthy Homes Initiative

2:30-2:45 Break


2:45-3:45 Panels B1 and B2

Opioids and Heroin: Understanding the Addiction and Identifying Solutions
Panelists: Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH, FASAM; Medical Director, Institutes for Behavior Resources/REACH Health Services; Pamela Davis, Director, Professional Development and Training Academy, Baltimore Police Department; Jinlene Chan, Health Officer, Anne Arundel County Health Department

Utilities as a Public Health Issue
Moderator: Cindy Carter, Executive Director, Cancer Support Foundation, Inc.
Panelists: Matthew Lyons, Director, Office of Community Services, MD Dept. of Human Resources; Cynthia Riely, Director of Consumer Assistance, MD Office of People’s Counsel



The Donald O. Fedder student poster competition will also take place at the Annual Conference.



Recipients of the President’s Award, Excellence in Public Health Media Award and the Outstanding Public Health Program Award will be honored at the Annual Conference.