About

Our mission is to provide health services, expertise and leadership throughout Maryland by:

• Providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary, individualized and confidential health care to infants, children, youth, and young adults living with or at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS;

• Providing youth centered reproductive health care, health education, prevention, and early identification services to infants, children, youth, and young adults living with or at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS;

• Offering general health care, including school and sports physicals, and contraception and family planning resources to adolescents and young adults;

• Tailoring our programs to meet our clients’ needs and offering specialized advocacy, care and outreach to LGBTQ youth;

• Facilitating and participating in collaboration among the many organizations in Maryland that improves outcomes for youth in systems such as juvenile justice, housing, reproductive justice, and education.

• Conducting research to contribute to the knowledge leading to improvement of health, risk reduction and reduction of HIV transmission;

• Training and educating professionals from a variety of disciplines regarding gender and sexuality, youth care and engagement, structural oppression, and HIV prevention

• Shaping and influencing local, state and national public policy as it impacts infants, children, youth and young adults living with or at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS; and

Our vision is

To be a nationally recognized Center of Excellence, providing innovation and state of the art pediatric and adolescent prevention and care

To increase access to quality, inclusive and comprehensive healthcare that’s rooted in, responsive to, and in collaboration with the community

To be leaders in examining structural oppression and how it relates to all aspects of healthcare.

Our guiding frameworks are

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.

Staff

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 (she/her/hers)

Alex Blue

EIS State Coordinator (he/him/his)

Lonnie Bishop

HIV Testing and Outreach Coordinator (he/him/his)

Brittany Roberts

Linkage to Care Specialist (she/her/hers)

Sue Lovelace

CRNP Title X Provider (she/her/hers)

Tavon Jackson

Peer Health Navigator (he/him/his)

Ian James

Community Health Worker (he/him/his)

Kyiah Bowers

Community Health Worker (she/her/hers)

Trebra Taylor

Community Health Worker (he/him/his)

Kurt Ragin Jr

Youth Care Network Program Specialist (he/him/his)

Victoria Appah

Community Health Worker (she/her/hers)

Laura Margolis

PHD Psychologist (she/her/hers)

Jasmine Pope

HIV Prevention Program Manager (she/her/hers)

Whitney Burton

State Wide Program Manager (she/her/hers)

Shilah DesAnges

Social Worker (she/her/hers)

Javius Cain

Social Worker (he/him/his)

Isaiah Lawrence

Community Outreach Worker (he/him/his)

Twone Douglas

Community Outreach Worker (they/them/theirs)

Amanda Vélez-Cortés

Social Media Specialist (she/her/hers)

Safiya Yearwood

Clinic Nurse (she/her/hers)

Dr. Matt Grant

Staff Physician

Brittany Johnson

Program Specialist (she/her/hers)

Debra Houck

CRNP PACE/SPICE Primary Care Provider (she/her/hers)

Sandra Dean

Non-Medical Care Manager (she/her/hers)

Vicki Tepper

PhD Division Head (she/her/hers)

Jamal Hailey

MA Director of Programs (he/him/his)