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; Kay-Megan Washington, 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; Lisa A. Burgess, M.D., Acting 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; Sarah A. Beardsley, designee of Secretary of Labor; Momah A. Conteh, 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; James F. Ports, Jr., 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.
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Using a health equity framework, the Commission examines the health of Maryland residents; and ways for State and local governments to collaborate in implementing policies that affect their health. The Commission also considers 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 advises 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; facilitates coordination of State agencies in developing a comprehensive health equity plan that addresses the social determinants of health; sets goals for health equity; and is to 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).
Geoff Daugherty; Tracey DeShields, Esq.; Jean Drummond; Katie Eckert; Amelia Rivera Oven; Laurens G. Van Sluytman, Ph.D. Terms expire 2026.
As provided by law, the Maryland Commission on Health Equity formed the Data Advisory Committee in January 2022 (Code Health-General, sec. 13–4206).
The Committee will make recommendations on data collection, needs, quality, reporting, evaluation, and visualization for the Maryland Commission on Health Equity. Moreover, parameters of a health equity data set to be maintained by a State designated health information exchange are to be defined by the Committee. They will include indicators for social and economic conditions; environmental conditions; health status; behaviors; health care; and priority health outcomes for monitoring health equity for racial and ethnic minority populations in Maryland.
The data set for which parameters are defined is to include data from: health care facilities that report to the State Health Services Cost Review Commission; health care payers that report to the Maryland Health Care Commission; and any other data source the Committee determines necessary.
HEALTH EQUITY POLICY COMMITTEE
Appointed by Chair, Maryland Commission on Health Equity:
Betsy Baker; Orville Browne, Th.D.; Rev. Dr. Sandra Conner; Leeshe Grimes, Ph.D.; Gabriela D Lemus, Ph.D.; Djinge Lindsay; Brian C. Simms; Kim Sydnor, Ph.D.; Hoai-An Truong, Pharm.D.; Toni Lynn Thompson-Chittams, M.D. Terms expire 2024.
Michelle Briggs Blanc; Michelle Boulden-Hammond; Meenakshi G Brewster, M.D.; Dimitrios Cavathas; Darrell Gaskin, Ph.D.; Michael Planz; Eleanor Preston; Donald Shell, M.D. Terms expire 2026.
In January 2022, the Health Equity Policy Committee was created by the Maryland Commission on Health Equity.
The Committee advises the Maryland Commission on Health Equity on employing a health equity framework to address and eliminate health disparities.
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