Deputy Commissioner: Population Health and Disease Prevention
Jennifer L. Martin, JD, MA is the Acting Director in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the Baltimore City Health Department. As the Acting Director, she oversees and facilitates the emergency preparedness and response program within the agency, including biosurveillance and bioterrorism program activities, COOP planning, health and medical response planning, animal protection services planning, and health and medical needs related to emergency sheltering. She serves on a number of planning groups such as the Maryland Region III Health and Medical Task Force and the Maryland State PHEP group. Ms. Martin also serves as an agency representative for issues and planning related to climate change at the state and local level.
Prior to becoming the Acting Director, Ms. Martin was the Deputy Director of OPHPR for over five years. As the Deputy Director, she oversaw the emergency medical countermeasures planning and biosurveillance activities of the agency, and she directed the agency’s CRI program and established the agency’s Closed POD program.
Ms. Martin was a law fellow at the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland, Baltimore prior to working at BCHD. She was assigned to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency where she drafted a port security risk reduction plan for Coast Guard Sector Baltimore and assisted in the training and exercise division.
Ms. Martin is a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and a 2013 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School.