Our mission is to improve the health of youth and young adults in Maryland by being a leader in

Building comprehensive healthcare and community services

Providing youth-friendly healthcare, health education, and prevention to adolescents and young adults

Conducting research, and training and educating professionals to improve health and reduce HIV transmission

Advocating on behalf of youth living with and youth at-risk of acquiring HIV and their families.

Our vision is to become Maryland’s Center for Excellence in Adolescent HIV Care by

Charting new territory

Advocate for adolescents and their families

Fostering public and private partnerships

Shape and influence public policy

Developing effective strategies

Meet the needs of communities at local, state and regional levels

Our guiding frameworks is

Sex Positive

We prioritize and center conversations around choice, consent, pleasure, desire, decision making, sexual health, and healthy relationships.

Youth Centered

We tell youth what they want to know, instead of what health care professionals think they need to know.

Strengths Based

We view young people as resilient, creative, and resourceful with tangible strengths, motivation, and self-determination.

Harm Reductionist

We focus on strategies and goals that youth are already seeking out, without pushing for additional behavior change before youth are willing and prepared to take next steps.

Community Driven

We hire staff with identities and experiences affected by the HIV epidemic. We listen to, learn from, and value community needs, input, and direction for how to most effectively address your sexual health needs.

Social and Racial Justice

We understand that HIV is a racial justice issue, proven through the social determinants of health. We address, from a historical point of view, the complex and unique needs of low-income POC.


Many of us are: Native Baltimorean or Baltimore City residents, people of color, and/or LGBTQ. We have various educational backgrounds and many different life experiences. We reflect the young people, community, and clients we work with.

Ayanna Copeland

Community Health Worker

Alex Blue

Community Health Worker

Lonnie Bishop

Peer Health Navigation Program Coordinator

Brittany Roberts

Linkage to Care Specialist

Reginald Johnson

Community Health Worker

Sue Lovelace

CRNP Title X Provider

Tavon Jackson

Peer Health Navigator

Ian James

Community Health Worker

Kyiah Bowers

Community Health Worker

Trebra Taylor

Community Health Worker

Kurt Ragin Jr

CTR Coordinator

Victoria Appah

Community Health Worker

Lamont S Bryant

MA Youth Program Coordinator

Laura Margolis

PHD Psychologist

Brittany Johnson

Program Specialist

Courtney Baker

Grants and Contracts Manager

Katie Peery

Data Manager

Debra Houck

CRNP PACE/SPICE Primary Care Provider

Phyllis Reed

Patient Care Coordinator

Sandra Dean

Non-Medical Care Manager

Vicki Tepper

PhD Division Head

Jamal Hailey

MA Director of Programs