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

June 2022

The 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:

  • TLC: Testing and Linkage to Care Training Program
  • Points of View: Provider Perspectives
  • Action Points: Upcoming Events
  • Key Points: Featured Resources
  • Job Openings
  • Funding Opportunities

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!


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. 


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.

Megan Buresh (she/her), 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 various roles as a provider, including work in the fields of primary care, HIV care, and inpatient and outpatient addiction. She is also an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

With an overall aim to reduce the stigma and discrimination that marginalized populations face, Buresh does more than bring the state of Maryland alive – she helps shape the minds of those who aim to do the same thing.

Click below to learn more about Buresh's motivations for this work, common misconceptions she combats, and more!


Action Points: Upcoming Events

Montgomery County Pride in Sexual Health Symposium Series: May 26 - June 23, 2022

Pride in Sexual Health is a FREE symposium on LGBTQ-inclusive sexual health for Montgomery County-based healthcare and human services professionals. Pride in Sexual Health has two tracks: one for primary care physicians and other clinicians, and one for youth-focused social workers. Free CEU available!


Maryland Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) Certificate Renewal Application Webinars - June 16, 2022

The Maryland Community Health Worker Program will be hosting interactive webinars on the requirements and application process for certified community health workers (CCHWs) to renew their CCHW certificate and answer any questions CCHWs may have about the renewal process. CCHW certificates are effective for two years from the date issued.


Montgomery County Pride in the Plaza Week: June 20 - June 26, 2022

Pride in the Plaza is a week-long celebration of Montgomery County’s beautiful, diverse LGBTQ+ communities. We invite you to explore all of the events taking place in Downtown Silver Spring and beyond. See individual events for details and registration. All events are free of charge unless a suggested donation is indicated.


National HIV Testing Day - June 27, 2022

  • National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is observed annually on June 27th. This day encourages people to get tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine healthcare. 
  • The 2022 theme for NHTD is “HIV Testing is Self-Care” and encourages people to get an HIV test as an act of self-care.  
  • As of 2019, it is estimated that 3,559 people living with HIV in Maryland remain undiagnosed, which underscores the importance of HIV testing. 

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.


On-Demand e-Learning Module:
Motivational Interviewing: Helping Others with Change

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach utilizing person-centered conversation that supports individuals in making behavior changes. This collaborative, non-judgmental approach honors the autonomy of the individual. Motivational interviewing can be a powerful tool in helping clients discover their own reasons for making a change. Effective motivational interviewing takes time and practice to master, but there are plenty of simple techniques that providers can adopt to better assist their clients.

This online, self-paced eLearning module will provide you with a working knowledge of motivational interviewing and foundational skills to integrate motivational interviewing into your practice. 

1.0 hr, CME/CE,  AMA, AAPA, ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACPE are available for this offering free of charge.


MADAP Operations Update

The Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program's Center Chief issued a recent operations update on guidelines for new and established patients.


Center for HIV Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Evaluation

The Center for HIV Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Evaluation (CHSE) is responsible for collecting information about HIV and AIDS in Maryland for use in planning, implementing, and evaluating responses to the epidemic. Visit CHSE for the latest statistics on HIV in Maryland.


Maryland Engagement in HIV Care

This live infographic uses Maryland surveillance data for current residents to describe the number and percentage of persons living with diagnosed HIV who belong to select stages of the HIV continuum.


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

Epidemiologist II, MDH Family Health & Chronic Disease Services

Description: This position will lead the analysis of complex data sets, including those for the Maryland Family Planning Program, Title V MCH Block Grant, Fetal/Infant Mortality Reviews, and Child Fatality Reviews. This position will lead data visualization and review infant mortality data, as well as other data for trends over time. 

Deadline: June 14, 2022


Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program Manager, MDH Family Health & Chronic Disease Services

Description: This position will provide leadership for the Maryland Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (MD EHDI) Program, which is housed in PHPA's Office for Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs (OGPSHCN). This position will supervise program personnel, including clinical and non-clinical staff. This position will also oversee federal grants specific to the EHDI Program, coordinate procurement activities for the Program, and manage the Maryland Infant Screening Database. 

Deadline: June 28, 2022


Funding Opportunities

RFP: CareFirst’s Behavioral Health, all Maryland counties

Description: Through this multi-year funding opportunity, CareFirst seeks to invest in initiatives that target at-risk youth (e.g., rural youth, low-income youth, LGBTQ youth and/or youth of color) up to age 24 by addressing behavioral health disparities for at-risk youth and workforce development to increase availability of behavioral health providers.

Deadline: June 13, 2022


Point of Contact

Please reach out to Christopher Hucks-Ortiz, 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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