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Maryland Alliance

The Maryland Alliance to Transform the Health Professions (the MD Sullivan Alliance) is a consortium of key health professions schools at Maryland higher education institutions, both private and public, including all of the state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Representatives of the health professions schools within these institutions formed a Steering Committee in the fall of 2009 to discuss the feasibility of joining efforts to increase the number and percentage of ethnic and racial minorities matriculating into health professions schools in the state of Maryland.  Among the members of the steering committee were representatives from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

On May 5, 2010, this group of leaders signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding marking the official formation of the Maryland Sullivan Alliance. The ceremony took place at the Murphy Fine Arts Center’s James E. Lewis Museum for African American Art on the campus of Morgan State University.. Currently, the MD Sullivan Alliance includes programs in dentistry, medicine, nursing, nutritional sciences, pharmacy, and public health.

Members of the Maryland Alliance include:

Bowie State University School of Nursing
Coppin State University School of Nursing

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy
, representing the nursing, nutritional sciences and public health programs
University of Maryland Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy
University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions


The Maryland Alliance is implementing two new signature initiatives to further its mission of recruiting underrepresented minorities into health careers in Maryland.

The first is a Health Club at The Northwood Appold Community Academy (NACA) in Northwood, Northeast Baltimore. NACA is a public charter school with 260 students in K through 5th grade as well as 137 students in grades 6th -12th. The school has partnerships with several organizations including Morgan State University and Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital. Faculty and staff at the school are ambitious in interlocking parents, students, teachers, administrators, civic structures, social leaders, business leaders and political leaders in addressing the health and educational needs of Northeast Baltimore. The Health Club meets bi-weekly focusing on activities which will introduce its members to the wide variety of health professions which they may seek. It also provides opportunity to explore the major health issues of the day and the role of young people. Assessment of potential health careers through discussions, field trips, and presentations of guest speakers are activities which have been initiated. Projects involving club members in health activities as well as building of mentoring relationships with health professionals are being planned.


The Sullivan Kids are a cohort of twenty children attending grades K-8 at Rosemont Elementary and Middle School (Rosemont) in Coppin Heights, West Baltimore. In 1998 Rosemont was on the list of Maryland’s failing schools and was slated to close. With the guidance of Coppin State University, and leadership of Ms. Sandra Ashe (Former Principal, and now, Executive Director) and Mr. Dwayne T. Wheeler, current Principal, the school is now among the highly performing schools in its district. The school has predominantly an African American student enrollment (99%), at least 85% of the children are from single parent households, and more than 98% of them qualify for food programs. School officials estimate that at least 50% of the children fail to complete their homework on a daily basis.

The Sullivan Kids

The program, held after school every Tuesday, includes: interactive activities about the health professions, and current health topics of interest to children and youth; field trips to area hospitals and clinics; guest presentations by health and allied health professionals who are underrepresented minorities themselves; and, games and projects about health careers. Social media updates also increase awareness of the health professions by the participating children, their parents, educators and counselors.

The Sullivan Kids and Parents

Both programs will be aided by student interns from within the schools who will be awarded Community Service credits for their work. Advising and aiding activities in both charter schools is Ms. Hermione Hicks, former Associate Dean of Admissions at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and an expert and advocate in cultivating talent from within underrepresented groups locally and nationally.

Chair, Allan Noonan MD, MPH
Vice Chair, Ilana Mittman, PhD

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Ilana Mittman, PhD