Meet the Faces Behind Alive! Maryland

To commemorate the program and its work over the past three years, we spoke with two of the faces behind Alive! Maryland – Tawanna Davis, MA, who works on behalf of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and Melissa Kelley, EdD, CHES, who works on behalf of HealthHIV – about their backgrounds, their hopes for the future of Maryland’s healthcare workforce, and more. 

Provider Perspective: Tiffany Scott

A Maryland native, Scott is the first-ever certified CHW in the state of Maryland. She received her certification in 2015 and currently works as a CHW Instructor, Master Trainer, and Consultant with hopes to promote the CHW profession in both Maryland and Texas.

Not only is she passionate about her work, she also is dedicated to the advancement of health in the state of Maryland. Read the Q&A below to learn more about her work!

Provider Perspective: Typhanye Vielka Dyer

As the HIV care continuum evolves, it is important to provide and build upon culturally competent care approaches for populations disproportionately affected by HIV.

This is a huge point of passion for Typhanye Vielka Dyer, PhD, MPH, an Associate Professor of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park, MD.

Provider Perspective: Obiageli Duru-Anoumatacky

Obiageli “Oby” Duru-Anoumatacky came to the United States from Nigeria 20 years ago, and since then, she has been dedicated to bettering the lives of others through public health work […]

Provider Perspective: Rhonda Carr

Stigma, the shame that comes as a result of stigma, and fear often discourage people from revealing the extent of their health conditions and seeking help. For those living with […]

Provider Perspective: Dedra Spears-Johnson

Dedra Spears-Johnson, who currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director, hopes to help transform the HIV landscape in Prince George’s County and in the state of Maryland as a whole.

Provider Perspective: David Perez

With interests in primary care, internal medicine, and LGBTQ+ inclusive care, David Perez is passionate about bettering the state of healthcare in Maryland.

Provider Perspective: Walter Saba

The Latino population in the state of Maryland has doubled in the last decade, which calls for new developments in Maryland’s healthcare system to meet the population’s diverse needs. 

Meet the Faces Behind the Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program

The Alive! Maryland team spoke with a few of the faces behind MADAP operations to gain perspective on their motivations for engaging in this work and their hopes for the future of the program.

Provider Perspective: Earl Jack Matthews

Earl “Jack” Matthews, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and Peer Supervisor at the Howard County Health Department, uses his experiences to reduce harm, support his clients and advocate on their behalf.

Provider Perspective: Kyle Bukowski

Kyle Bukowski, MD, FACOG currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Planned Parenthood of Maryland. He has dedicated his entire career to delivering sexual and reproductive healthcare.

Provider Perspective: Anika Alvanzo

An internal medicine-trained addiction medicine physician, Anika Alvanzo aims to improve the quality of treatment for individuals with substance use disorder and decrease the stigma associated with the condition. Working to improve the overall health and quality of life for these individuals, Alvanzo’s work is an invaluable contribution towards efforts to build a healthier Maryland.