Each year the Maryland Public Health Association (MdPHA) hosts an annual event that draws Maryland public health professionals and students from across the state to network, learn, and discuss the most pressing public health concerns and honor public health achievements. This year, we will host a very special virtual event on

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7 PM EST

with the fitting theme:

“The Strength of Synergy in the Age of COVID-19”

This year our annual event will feature:

  • Guidance from and appreciation for her new book, Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health by Former Baltimore City Health Commissioner and CNN/Washington Post Health Commentator/Columnist, Leanna Wen.
  • Award presentations for
    • Dr. Stephen Thomas, Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity for his Maryland program “Shots at the Shops” which received national acclaim;
    • Maryland’s 16 county health officers for their strength and efforts to control the pandemic
    • Local initiatives that are making a difference in lessening the impact of COVID for those most at risk.
  • A vote on the legislative priorities MdPHA should focus on in the upcoming legislative session.
  • Election of our 2021-2022 MdPHA board members
  • Networking opportunities

Register here.

If you have any issues, contact us at MdPHA.events@gmail.com

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Stephen Thomas

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, is professor of Health Services Administration in the School of Public Health and Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland in College Park. One of the nation’s leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, Dr. Thomas has applied his expertise to address a variety of conditions from which minorities generally face far poorer outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and HIV/AIDS.  Dr. Thomas is principal investigator of the Research Center of Excellence on Minority Health Disparities, funded by the NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and currently leads Shots at the Shops, a program to engage 1,000 Black-owned barbershops and hair salons nationwide to act as health advocates. Participants assist their clients in making informed COVID-related decisions, dispelling misinformation and hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics in their shops.

Dr. Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at George Washington University’s School of Public Health. She is an expert in public health preparedness and previously served as Baltimore’s Health Commissioner. She is a contributing columnist for The Washington Post and an on-air commentator for CNN as a medical analyst. Dr. Wen obtained her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and studied health policy at the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She completed her residency training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School. The author of dozens of scientific articles on emergency systems and patient-centered health reform, Dr. Wen is also the author of the books When Doctors Don’t Listen and Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health. She has received recognition as one of Governing’s Public Officials of the Year and the American Public Health Association’s top award for local public health. In 2019, she was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 50 Physician-Executives and TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.


If interested, please contact us at GetInfo@MdPHA.org. You can also access our Sponsors page here and our 2021 Sponsorship Letter here