Assistant Commissioner: School Health
Francine Childs currently serves as the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of School Health at the Baltimore City Health Department. Ms. Childs joined the Health Department in November 1987 as a Community Health Educator and Director of the Blood Pressure Screening Program. Since that time she has served in multiple positions of increasing authority, including Acting Commissioner of Health from June to December 2005.
For several years, Ms. Childs provided oversight and direction for the ten programs in the Division of Adult, School and Community Health, the largest division in the Health Department. These programs spanned the lifecycle, from the Child and Adult Care Food Program, to the Adult and Geriatric Health Programs. When the City needed to better align service delivery in 2010, the City’s entire agency for aging services was transferred to the Health Department and absorbed into the Division of Adult, School and Community Health, under Ms. Childs’ direction. Ms. Childs serves as a member of the Health Department’s Emergency Response Incident Command Team, and has served as Incident Commander in both exercises and emergencies requiring a public health response. She also serves as the Health Department’s contact for nursing issues and is a member of the City’s management negotiating team for the Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners Memorandum of Understanding.
In service to her community, Ms. Childs chairs the Parent Advisory Executive Board of the University of Maryland College Park, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education, College Success Scholars Program and serves as a mentor through the Christian Mentoring and Transition Program at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women. Ms. Childs also serves as the secretary of the Trustee Board, a member of the Nursing Home Visitation Ministry and Director of the Children’s Church Program at the Columbia Community Church.
Ms. Childs received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a Certificate in Data Collection and Management, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Childs is a native of the island of Bermuda where most of her family still resides.