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BHB Leadership

Rebecca Dineen is co-lead of the BHB Initiative (along with Family League of Baltimore and HealthCare Access Maryland) 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.  

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 the University of Delaware in 2002.

Gena O’Keefe, MD serves as an advisor to BHB and has been with the initiative 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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