Steven R. Schuh, Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Senate President: Mary L. Washington

Appointed by House Speaker: Sheree Sample-Hughes

Representing Maryland Association of County Health Officers: Ernest L. Carter, M.D., Ph.D.

Ex officio: Leonard Croft, designee of Secretary of Aging; Cassandra R. (Cassie) Shirk, designee of Secretary of Agriculture; David R. Brinkley, Secretary of Budget & Management; Tonya B. Wigfall, designee of Secretary of Commerce; Kirsten Robb-McGrath, designee of Secretary of Disabilities; Erica S. Chapman, designee of Secretary of the Environment; Jennifer A. Edwards, designee of Secretary of General Services; Steven R. Schuh, designee of Secretary of Health; Aliya C. Jones, M.D., Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health; Jinlene Chan, M.D., Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services; Danielle Meister, designee of Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Keisha Peterson, designee of Secretary of Human Services; W. Lance Schine, designee of Secretary of Information Technology; Keva S. Jackson, designee of Secretary of Juvenile Services; Mary C. Keller, designee of Secretary of Labor; Michelle Ramirez, designee of Secretary of Natural Resources; Kanishk Sharma, designee of Secretary of Planning; Robert L. Green, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; Annie D. Harvey, Commissioner of Correction; Derek B. Peck, designee of Secretary of State Police; Gregory I. Slater, Secretary of Transportation; Rosalyn Jones, designee of Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Sylvia A. Lawson, Ph.D., designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Kathleen A. Birrane, Maryland Insurance Commissioner.

[photo, 100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland] Staff: Marianne M. Gibson

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100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland, July 2016. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 1 (Chapter 749, Acts of 2021; Code Health-General, secs. 13–4207). 
The Maryland Commission on Health Equity was established in October 2021 (Chapter 749, Acts of 2021; Code Health-General, secs. 13–4201 through 13–4207). 

Using a health equity framework, the Commission is to examine the health of Maryland residents; and ways for State and local government to collaborate in implementing policies that affect the health of Marylanders. The Commission also will consider factors affecting health, such as access to safe and affordable housing; education; employment; economic stability; inclusion, diversity, and equity in the workplace; mobility and access to transportation; social justice; the environment; public safety; and food insecurity.

The Commission is to advise the Secretary of Health and through the Secretary the senior administrators and planners in the Maryland Department of Health on issues of racial, ethnic, cultural or socioeconomic health disparities; facilitate coordination of State agencies in developing a comprehensive health equity plan that addresses the soical determinants of health; set goals for health equity; and prepare a plan for the State to achieve health equity.

Twenty-seven members constitute the Commission. Twenty-four members serve ex officio. One is appointed by the Senate President, and one by the House Speaker. A local health officer represents the Maryland Association of County Health Officers (Code Health-General, secs. 13–4203).

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