Deputy Commissioner: Youth Wellness & Community Health
Ms. Farrow re-joined the Baltimore City Health Department in February 2015 to become the Deputy Commissioner for Youth Wellness and Community Health. She administers public health programs that provide services and improve health outcomes for children, youth and families through programs that include: Maternal and Child Health, School Health, Chronic Disease Prevention, Youth Violence Prevention and Environmental Health. Ms. Farrow has also taken on priority projects that focus on Youth Wellness and Behavioral Health.
Prior to her return to the Health Department, she was appointed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2012 to direct the Mayor’s Office of Human Services (MOHS). Ms. Farrow administered critical programs on behalf of vulnerable populations.
In her previous service to the Health Department, Ms. Farrow was the Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Community and Environmental Health with the Baltimore City Health Department. She played a significant role for the Health Department as the Interim Health Commissioner from March 2009 until August 2010 and led the Health Department’s unprecedented response to the H1N1 pandemic.
Holding a BS degree in Biology from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, her career in Baltimore began with the Baltimore City Health Department as an Environmental Health Specialist. Ms. Farrow went on to earn her JD from the University of Baltimore School Of Law and became the first lead paint prosecutor for the Mayor’s Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention Initiative.
Olivia is a Buffalo, New York native and is an avid, and passionate, life-long Buffalo Bills fan.