Welcome to Exclamation Point!,
the Alive! Maryland 
Monthly Newsletter

August 2022

Exclamation Point! is your straight-to-the-point monthly newsletter for Maryland's primary care and infectious disease workforce, brought to your inbox by Alive! MarylandEach month we will feature key trainings and webinars, upcoming events, job opportunities, and other resources to help you in your work. We'll also highlight some of the impactful work and diverse perspectives of your colleagues across the State. 

In this issue:

  • MADAP Training Course: Partnership in Client Services
  • Points of View: Provider Perspectives
  • Action Points: Upcoming Events
  • Key Points: Featured Resources
  • Job Openings

Want to spread the word about a job opening or funding opportunity from your organization? Know a special healthcare provider in Maryland who deserves the spotlight? Let us know by contacting info@AliveMaryland.org. Alive! Maryland is here to help you help Marylanders!


New MADAP Training Program Available!

MADAP: Partnership in Client Services is a comprehensive training series from Alive! Maryland that lays the groundwork for understanding and applying for MADAP and various essential sub-topics. This training series is entirely self-paced and online ⁠—  participate on your own schedule and revisit the material as needed.

This training has been designed for HIV case managers, community health workers, and other HIV care providers.

At the conclusion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Define and describe the components of MADAP.
  • Assist clients with applying for and receiving MADAP resources.
  • Engage with the community about the benefits of MADAP.
Click the button below or visit AliveMaryland.org/Training/MADAP to learn more and enroll in the training course. 

Points of View: Provider Perspectives

Each month we will highlight a Maryland provider in this section whose work is helping bring the State alive. If you have a colleague you think deserves some appreciation, let us know! Please email info@AliveMaryland.org and include the provider's name, role and affiliation, and contact details. We'll then reach out to your colleague with some brief interview questions.

Charles McCleary (he/him), Peer Recovery Coach

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.

Charles McCleary, a Peer Recovery Coach at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, assists individuals who are actively using substances and seeking treatment. Aiming to represent a beacon of hope, McCleary meets his clients where they’re at by sharing his own experiences with substance use disorder and recovery to remind them they are not alone. 

Read below to learn more about McCleary’s story, the motivations for his work, and how his work helps to bring the state of Maryland alive!


Action Points: Upcoming Events


Best Practices for Providing Affirming Care - Webinar on August 16, 2022

For gender diverse individuals who have experienced stigma and discrimination, the relationship that is built with a provider is critical for positive healthcare experiences. Negative experiences can contribute to hesitancy to seek healthcare and result in poorer health outcomes. Providers should make their practices welcoming and affirming for gender diverse people by communicating with knowledge and understanding about common needs, health concerns, and barriers to care that LGBTQ communities experience. 

Join us on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 2:00pm EDT for a webinar that will train providers on the basics of trauma-informed approaches to care. This webinar will review best practices for providing affirming care to clients who experience stigma and discrimination.


National Faith HIV / AIDS Awareness Day - August 29, 2022

National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NFHAAD) is observed annually on August 29. Observance of this day, which is led by RAHMA and its partners, focuses on HIV/AIDS education and aims to decrease stigma and discrimination by engaging various communities of faith. Rahma, which is the Arabic word for mercy, emphasizes the importance of mercy and compassion when supporting and engaging those living with HIV/AIDS.


International Overdose Awareness Day - August 31, 2022

The Baltimore City Health Department will host an Overdose Awareness Day event at the Y Not Lot (4 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218) on August 31, 2022, from 12 pm - 5 pm. It is free and open to all community members. The event honors the memory and commemorates the lives of those lost to opioid overdose and addiction. Attendees can learn about local resources available, offer and share support to help those affected, and hear inspiring messages of hope and encouragement from those in recovery.


Key Points: Featured Resources


Capacity Building Assistance from Alive! Maryland

Our Point-to-Point Team is here to make capacity building assistance (CBA) work for you. Point-to-Point is your CBA resource for the State of Maryland’s HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs, and harm reduction workforce and your organizations as you continue the fight against the epidemics in Maryland.

We offer capacity building assistance in the following areas:

  • Organizational Infrastructure
  • Fiscal Administration
  • Data Collection Management and Reporting
  • Service Provision
  • And more!

To request capacity building assistance from Alive! Maryland, click the button to the left or visit AliveMaryland.org/cba.


New Report Identifies Key Needs of Maryland's Primary Care and Infectious Disease Workforce

The Alive! Maryland program conducted a needs assessment among healthcare providers across Maryland to evaluate the capacity building needs of the State's primary care and infectious disease workforce.

This assessment's findings raise the following important questions:

  • How did COVID-19 affect healthcare in Maryland for both providers and patients?
  • How can mental health services be improved for the workforce and patients?
  • How can telehealth provide better care for providers and patients?
  • How can provider burnout and staff retention be addressed?
  • How can support services provide more equitable care in Maryland?

 A full report of the findings, along with a one-page summary, is available at AliveMaryland.org/Needs-Assessment.


On-Demand e-Learning Program - TLC: Testing and Linkage to Care

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH), Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau, TLC: Testing and Linkage to Care training program is available at AliveMaryland.org. Completion of this program is required for anyone wishing to provide HIV testing services at an MDH-funded entity in Maryland.

TLC is 100% self-paced online! Learners can click here to register and to complete the TLC e-Learning Course and TLC Supplemental Sessions online at their convenience. Once the course is completed online, learners can register to complete the HIV testing technology skills demonstration observation, which is still a requirement for MDH-funded sites. 


HRSA's Area Health Resources Files Diversity Dashboard

The Bureau of Health Workforce has released the Area Health Resources Files Diversity Dashboard. The Area Health Resources Files provide data on health care professions, health facilities, population characteristics, economics, health professions training, hospital utilization, hospital expenditures, and environment at the county, state, and national levels from over 50 data sources.


Human Monkeypox Webpage

Please check the webpage and resources often (which include dates of revision) as MDH continually updates resources as new information becomes available. 

Community Health Workers in HIV Care Training Toolkit

A resource collection of tips, training materials, and evidence-based recommendations for community health workers (CHWs), and collaborative clinical team members such as peer navigators, case managers, outreach workers, and CHW programs in HIV care settings.


Job Openings

Division Chief, Program Evaluation Division, MDH Infectious Disease & Environmental Health Services

Description: This position will coordinate and supervise the Program Evaluation Division (PED), within the CHPHS’ Program Improvement Unit. The PED analyzes Statewide service delivery data along the HIV continuum of care in order to describe trends, evaluate changes in HIV prevention and health services outcomes, and identify best practices, performance gaps, and unmet needs.  

Deadline: August 11, 2022


EHE Evaluator/Epidemiologist, MDH Infectious Disease & Environmental Health Services

Description: The main purpose of this full-time contractual position is to coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of Maryland’s response to, 'Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.' This position will co-lead the EHE evaluation workgroup, including establishing and updating protocols for monitoring and evaluating the EHE initiative in Maryland. This position will also coordinate and oversee data submission by EHE jurisdictions, while providing support and technical assistance to both MDH and the Maryland-named EHE jurisdictions, in order to support data collection, reporting and evaluation. 

Deadline: August 17, 2022


HIV Planner, MDH Infectious Disease & Environmental Health Services

Description: This position will prepare reports which address the orderly and controlled development, re-development, expansion, or re-allocation of local, regional, or State HIV resources. This position will also establish protocols to ensure that programmatic plans are enacted, while assisting to create demand for change processes. Specifically, this position will manage the State of Maryland's HIV planning processes, thereby resulting in Needs Assessment activities for HIV prevention and health services, including activities mandated by funding bodies. 

Deadline: August 19, 2022


Program Manager, MDH Infectious Disease & Environmental Health Services

Description: The main purpose of this full-time contractual position is to serve as a Logistical Coordinator in four major areas: 1) Development and Maintenance of OFBCP Web-Based Interfacing; 2) The Maryland HIV Planning Group; 3) IDPHSB Staff Development and Emergency Preparedness; and, 4) Community Education, via National Health Observance Promotions. This position will manage membership recruitment, participation, notification, and tracking.

Deadline: September 6, 2022


Point of Contact

Please reach out to Melissa Kelley, Alive! Maryland Program Director, at info@AliveMaryland.org with
any questions, feedback, or submissions. For all CDC specific related training and technical assistance CTS Tracking Requests, you may contact Tawanna DavisTawanna.Davis@maryland.gov

Click the button below to request capacity building assistance for your organization.


About Alive! Maryland

The Maryland Department of Health has engaged with HealthHIV, a national capacity building organization, to launch Alive! Maryland, the first-ever comprehensive capacity building initiative for the infectious disease and primary care workforce in the State of Maryland.

ALIVE stands for Assess, Learn, Integrate, Visualize, Engage — representing each phase of the program. Alive! Maryland is a motivational call to action to build capacity to improve health in Maryland’s HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs, and harm reduction workforce. This initiative will provide Maryland providers with a web-based, self-paced Virtual Training Institute, many CEU opportunities, direct training and technical assistance, resource development, and more.



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