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BHB Leadership

Rebecca Dineen is co-lead of the BHB Initiative (along with Family League of Baltimore) and the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health at the Baltimore City Health Department where she has worked since 2008.  She has 17 years of experience providing support for all stages of project development (proposal, design, implementation, and evaluation) in a variety of areas including: quality assurance, performance improvement for health systems development, training, community mobilization, and behavior change. Rebecca has worked in fourteen countries on three continents in maternal and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and primary health care programs. Her experience includes work in both the public and private sectors. She earned a master of science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998 and her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 1989.  

Angela Burden, MA, RN, is a native Baltimorean giving her the unique opportunity to practice public health in the City where she grew up.  She is a graduate of the University of Maryland -School of Nursing, and holds an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Faith Community Nursing and a MA in Church Ministries from St. Mary’s Seminary & University. Angela started her public health career at the Baltimore City Health Department in 1987 as a Community Health Nurse, making home visits to at-risk pregnant women and infants, later advancing to serve in leadership for several Medicaid programs and initiatives, including, the MD Healthy Kids Program, and the Care Coordination Program (CCP).  In 2009 she was named “Nurse of the Year” by the Baltimore City Health Department for her leadership in program and staff development, including the development of operating procedures, protocols, outreach best practice models, and documentation standards that led to the efficient operation of CCP.  The program has gained a reputation throughout the state as a model program –especially in the areas of staff knowledge, client assessments, and locating “hard to reach populations”.  Her strengths in Maternal and Child Health home visiting, case management, and Medicaid care coordination has rendered well to her current responsibilities. Angela currently lends her expertise to several boards and work groups that work to improve the health and well-being of high-risk MCH populations in Baltimore City.  As the Deputy Director of Maternal and Child Health seated at HealthCare Access Maryland Care Coordination Program – a major B’more for Healthy Babies partner, Angela oversees the central intake system for MCH referrals to home visiting programs, the Unable to Locate Project that employs a Public Health Investigator to provide additional and unique outreach strategies to reach high-risk pregnant women, and the Safe Sleep/Crib Program. 

Laura Latta, MHS, is the Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at Family League of Baltimore, where she oversees the organization’s prenatal to age 4 strategy. In partnership with other city agencies, she oversees the home visiting portfolio and integration of all evidence-based home visiting programs into Baltimore’s citywide home visiting system. Laura has experience designing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs, and previously worked at University of Maryland’s Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Division where she led two multi-faceted, childhood overweight and obesity prevention projects. She earned a master of health science in behavioral sciences and health education from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2008 and her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from University of Delaware in 2002.

Gena O’Keefe, MD has been co-lead of Baltimore City's strategy to improve birth outcomes, B'more for Healthy Babies, since 2009.  She is also a Senior Associate with The Annie E. Casey Foundation where she is on the Baltimore Civic Site team and has used her public health and medical background to design comprehensive health strategies, curriculum, and services for Elev8 Baltimore, an integrated services initiative for East Baltimore.  Prior to joining The Casey Foundation, Gena served as a Senior Advisor for Special Projects and Child Welfare to the Health Commissioner at the Baltimore City Health Department where she organized and led collaborative projects to address public health crises. She developed and implemented the Medicare Part D Surveillance and Response Initiative which was named a national model for public health practice. Dr. O’Keefe earned her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2004 and her undergraduate degree in English from Harvard University in 1987.

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