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.

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Funding Opportunity for the Reducing Overdose Through Community Approaches (ROCA) Mentorship Program

NACCHO, with support from the CDC, is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for the Reducing Overdose through Community Approaches (ROCA) Mentorship Program. This funding opportunity pairs mentor LHDs with experience in overdose prevention with mentee LHDs aiming to strengthen their jurisdiction’s capacity.

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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.

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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.

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Medicare Plans Patient Resource Center

This organization provides resources, advisors, and education aimed at informing seniors, lower income families, and people with disabilities about how Medicaid works with Medicare. Their guides cover dual eligibility standards, how to apply, and most importantly, the associated costs.

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Provider Perspective: Malik Burnett, MD, MBA, MPH

The harm reduction approach to healthcare is a very important, yet often misunderstood, aspect of engaging people with substance use disorders. Rooted in the idea that there should be neither […]

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Provider Perspective: Megan Buresh, MD, DFASAM, AAHIVM

Reducing harm, eradicating stigma, and facilitating equitable access to care is key to building a healthier state of Maryland. Megan Buresh, MD, DFASAM, AAHIVM contributes to this effort through her […]

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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.  

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Provider Perspective: M. Tica Torres, Care Navigator

We spoke with M. Tica Torres about his endeavors as a Care Navigator, the motivations behind their work, and their advice on how other providers can advance impact in their own fields.

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Which Definition of Rurality Should I Use? The Relative Performance of 8 Federal Rural Definitions in Identifying Rural-urban Disparities

This article explores 8 federal rural definitions and the degree to which they identify the same areas as rural. Rural-urban disparities across socioeconomic, demographic, and health access and outcome measures are also evaluated.

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HIV and Health Equity

CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention’s Office of Health Equity page.

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AMA Center for Health Equity

The American Medical Association’s health equity resource library.

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