Baltimore Corps Fellows
Health Department’s Response to Civil Unrest and Health Disparities:
In response to the recent civil unrest in Baltimore, the Baltimore City Health Department has selected a team of fellows to lead the agency’s public health recovery efforts under Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s OneBaltimore initiative.
The team was hired as part of Baltimore Corps, a nonprofit that connects Baltimore’s future leaders with organizations working to make the city a better place. The team of fellows is charged with engaging the community and with planning and implementing programs aimed at addressing priorities identified by the community, especially those that deal with underlying causes health disparities. The fellows will play a key role in catalyzing and jumpstarting our public health recovery work.
Funding for the three fellows is provided in part by Johns Hopkins Medicine through United Way's Maryland Unites Fund, a private philanthropist, and the de Beaumont Foundation. The OneBaltimore efforts launched by the Mayor in recent weeks were integral in the establishment of this team. The fellows will be reporting directly to Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.
The fellows bring diverse expertise that include backgrounds in community organizing and engagement, public health, and social entrepreneurship, and they have experience working with some of Baltimore’s most at-risk residents and vulnerable populations around the world.
The team will use their skills and experiences to convene community meetings and to think strategically with community leaders and residents on critical issues. They will plan programs to address these issues and secure funding from public and private partners to implement them.
The team is composed of:
Lizzy Unger recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Marketing, a minor in Spanish and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. Lizzy believes in the power of communications to build empathy and shed light on important issues. She previously worked on the global communications team at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a nonprofit which supports the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide. Lizzy also has spent extensive time traveling and volunteering abroad and lived in Mexico, Australia and Vietnam. She cofounded the Little Seeds School, a student-run initiative to combat childhood malnutrition in Northern Vietnam through renovations of a local school.
Cagla Buyukkoc works with the executive staff and the Health Commissioner to close the gap in health care disparities and provide better access to health services for members of the greater Baltimore community. Her projects will cover the topics Maternal and Child Health, Mental Health Care, and Substance Abuse.
Cagla studied Psychology and Biology as an undergraduate student at Boston University, during which time she served as Co-President of BU UNICEF for several years. The following year, she earned her MS in Health Care Management from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, which is when her passion for addressing the health care needs of underserved populations grew as she learned more about our country's health system.
Kelleigh Eastman is originally from Massachusetts, but has been living in Baltimore for the past two years while finishing her Masters degree in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Over the past two years, Kelleigh has gotten to know Baltimore very well through working on a community-based obesity prevention program and working on healthy food access projects with the Department of Planning. She also volunteers her time with multiple non-profits doing community organizing, fundraising and grant writing.
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