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

March 2023

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:

  • Funding Opportunities
  • 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!


Funding Opportunities

Social Marketing "Media Buys", all Maryland counties

Description: Maryland Department of Health, Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau, has developed a statewide program to help HIV, STIs, and other infectious disease primary care providers to promote their services through multiple digital platforms. Following an application process, the program enables organizations to work with the Bureau’s vendor to resize, repurpose and adapt existing media assets and campaigns (i.e., graphics, photos, videos and promotional text) to then place them through select social media, cable, and internet vendors like Hulu, Facebook, Google Display, Google on Demand, and Instagram. All messages must be centered around HIV prevention and treatment, awareness of STIs, PrEP, HIV testing, HIV care and adherence for populations most affected.

Deadline: Thursday, March 30, 2023


Action Points: Upcoming Events

Provider Burnout Webinar Series, Part Two - Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Workplace systems can cause burnout among healthcare professionals. There is a range of societal, cultural, structural, and organizational factors that contribute to burnout among the healthcare workforce. Some examples include: excessive workloads, administrative burdens, limited say in scheduling, and lack of organizational support.

Join Alive! Maryland for Part Two of the Provider Burnout Webinar Series on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 1:00pm ET. This webinar will provide strategies to break the burnout cycle and techniques to reinforce and nurture self-care for the healthcare workforce.


Trauma-Informed Care: Practicing What You Preach, Part One
Thursday, March 16, 2023

The JH-WICY Virtual Toolkit presents Trauma-Informed Care: Practicing What You Preach, Part One. This webinar will take place on Thursday, March 16, 2023, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm ET.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss trauma’s impact on youth through the lens of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
  • Examine our biases and their impact on how we show up in youth care settings
  • Strategies to engage without power struggles
  • Discuss using Active Listening and Empathy to build connections with our patients and their families

Faculty: Adrianne Martin, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Therapist at A Nu Day, LLC

Part Two will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 12:00pm. Details forthcoming.


National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - Monday, March 20, 2023

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually on the first day of spring, March 20, and encourages Native communities to promote HIV testing and education around HIV/AIDS.

The first day of spring was chosen because in many Native cultures, spring represents a time of equality and balance. The 2023 theme is Reflection. Celebration. Rejuvenation.


World Tuberculosis (TB) Day - Friday, March 24, 2023

World TB Day is observed annually on March 24 and is a day to educate the public about the impact of TB around the world. People living with HIV are more likely than others to become sick with TB, and TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV worldwide. 

  • During 2021, 15 people living with diagnosed HIV in Maryland were also diagnosed with TB.
  • Foreign-born people accounted for 61.9 percent of the total reported HIV diagnoses with a history of TB infection in Maryland. 
  • Of foreign-born people living with HIV ever reported to be diagnosed with TB, 73.2 percent were born in Africa.
  • Click the button below to learn more about HIV and TB coinfection in Maryland.

Live CME Webinar

New Frontiers, New Challenges in STI Prevention and Treatment
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 12:00pm EDT

This webinar is being hosted by the Maryland Department of Health’s Center for STI Prevention and the STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins in honor of STI Awareness Week (April 9 - 15). 

Topics discussed will include: 

  • Doxycycline post-exposure prophylaxis (DoxyPEP) as an important STI prevention option
  • The recently detected novel strain of Neisseria gonorrhoeae with reduced susceptibility to ceftriaxone, cefixime, and azithromycin, and resistance to ciprofloxacin, penicillin, and tetracycline


  • Matthew M. Hamill, MBChB, PhD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Continuing education credits from the CDC are available for this activity free-of-charge: CME 1.0; CNE 1.0, AAPA CME 1.0, CPH 1.0, CHES 1.0, MCHES 1.0, CEU 0.1


May 4 - 6, 2023
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown

The American Conference for the Treatment of HIV™ (ACTHIV™) is the premier conference in the US dedicated exclusively to the frontline care team and its members who are caring for persons living with or at risk of acquiring HIV. The conference delivers information on new developments and research findings that can be rapidly translated and directly applied to the clinical setting.

This conference will take place in person with a virtual attendance option. Click the button below to learn more and register.


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.


Grant Writing Series for Maryland Providers

This training provides insightful guidance on the elements of grant writing for local, state, federal, private, and not-for-profit funding opportunities. This training will help to ensure that your proposal stands out from competitors by addressing questions about key components of an application such as: 

  • Identifying and appropriately prioritizing the anticipated audience
  • Aligning with funder expectations and priorities
  • Evaluation
  • Collaborations and partnerships
  • Budget planning and development
  • Writing SMART objectives
  • Framing agency expertise and competence

The training consists of two complementary four-hour sessions.


Alive! Maryland is pleased to announce the launch of a new Healthy Sexuality educational series for Maryland providers. This self-paced, four-module series encourages communication between providers and patients to promote healthy sexual practices and ensure affirming and competent care for all. A downloadable glossary with sexual health terminology accompanies this series to reinforce the use of inclusive and affirming language when engaging with patients.

The four modules are: 

  • Healthy Sexuality for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals
  • Towards Healthier Futures for Gay, Bisexual, and Same-Gender-Loving Men of Color
  • LGBTQ Youth and Sexual Health
  • Aging: Sexual Health, Healthy Aging

Please note that continuing education credits are not available for this series.


Letter to Clinicians: Guidelines to Prevent Perinatal HIV Infection

On February 17th, Dr. Jinline Chan, Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health Public Health Services, issued a letter to clinicians with guidelines to prevent perinatal HIV transmission. The recent increase of HIV in newborns in Maryland is of great concern and the Department is asking all providers to take the necessary steps to reduce perinatal HIV transmissions.


Extensively Drug-Resistant (XDR) Shigella Infections

CDC has been monitoring an increase in extensively drug-resistant (XDR) Shigella infections reported through national surveillance. CDC defines XDR Shigella bacteria as strains that are resistant to all commonly recommended empiric and alternative antibiotics — azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX), and ampicillin. XDR Shigella infections have been identified in Maryland.

The clinician letter, distributed last week to Maryland healthcare providers, contains several recommendations to providers, including:

1. Diagnostic recommendations, especially for patients at higher risk for Shigella i nfection.
2. Clinical management and antibiotic treatment information.
3. Patient counseling.
4. Maryland reporting requirements for shigellosis, and laboratory submission requirements. 
As a reminder, all Shigella infections in Maryland should be promptly investigated using the Gastroenteritis Case Report Form.

NACCHO 2022 Mpox Survey Findings

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) conducted a brief survey to gather information from local health departments (LHDs) on experiences, impact, and response efforts related to the Mpox outbreak. The survey was led by the organization’s Research and Evaluation and HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis teams and distributed online via Qualtrics Survey Software™ to a convenience sample of LHDs.

View the survey findings by clicking the button below.


Job Openings

Program Manager, MDH Infectious Disease & Environmental Health Services

Location: Baltimore City

Description: This position will assist the Chief with oversight of the design, implementation and ongoing development of public health strategies and programs, in order to prevent harmful substance use; reduce substance use-related morbidity and mortality; and, promote behavioral health and wellness in Maryland. This position will focus on the areas of harm reduction policy development, harm reduction program development, and the integration of harm reduction activities in different program settings. This position will also provide additional management support to three Division Chiefs, including program and grants management; capacity building programs; and, operations. 

Deadline: March 17, 2023


OEND Coordinator, MDH Infectious Disease & Environmental Health Services

Location: Baltimore City

Description: The main purpose of this full-time contractual position is to support the Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Unit (OEND) with planning, developing, implementing, promoting, and evaluating the naloxone distribution efforts of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)'s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA)'s Center for Harm Reduction Services (CHRS). Such efforts will include the distribution of naloxone directly from the Center to a variety of agencies, programs, settings, and communities.

Deadline: March 27, 2023


Administrator, MDH Infectious Disease & Environmental Health Services

Location: Baltimore City

Description: The main purpose of this full-time contractual position will be to oversee the training and deployment of 20 CHWs (responsible for providing outreach) via the Local Health Department and selected Community Based Organization(s) for the Community Project. This position will also oversee the HBCUs evaluation and assessment (re: COVID-19) for the Assessment Process.

Deadline: Open / Continuous


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 engaged with HealthHIV to launch Alive! 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. This initiative will provide Maryland providers with a web-based, self-paced virtual training institute, many CEU opportunities, direct training and technical assistance, and resource development. All resources, trainings, and tools are free and housed on a user-friendly and accessible website: AliveMaryland.org.



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