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.
Provider Perspective: Nelly Velazquez
Nelly Velazquez spent the last nine years of her career in Public Health as a Health Educator, working most prominently to teach about disease prevention in Baltimore City. Velazquez is motivated most by her commitment to improving health outcomes in underserved communities, and her work has been vital to keeping the state of Maryland alive.
Provider Perspective: Camesha Thompson
For healthcare providers, the passion for enacting meaningful change can come from a number of factors, but for many, this drive originates directly from their own environment.
Provider Perspective: Charles McCleary
Healthcare providers who care deeply for their clients have the ability to create a welcoming and affirming environment. For people with substance use disorders, these providers serve as inspiration, support, and determination.
Provider Perspective: Brittany Yerkes, Physician Assistant
Brittany Yerkes, a Physician Assistant at the Chesapeake Health Care and a member of the Alive! Maryland Inter-professional Advisory Board, aims to improve the quality of life for all of her patients. She does so by first believing that they cannot be defined by an illness or condition.