ABOUT

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What We Do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Innovation &

     Excellence

Social

    Justice

2.

Community Engagement

    & Health Equity

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4.

Compassion

Core Values

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Who We Are

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Ayanna Copeland (she/her)

Patient Advocate

December Douglas 

(they/them)

Community Outreach Worker

Darius Wilson (he/they)

Patient Advocate

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Isaiah Lawrence (he/him)

Community Outreach Worker

 

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Misty Norman (she/her)

Community Outreach Worker

 

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Shereika Taylor (she/her)

Mobile Unit Specialist

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Alex Blue (he/him)

Suburban Maryland Program Coordinator 

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Safiya Yearwood

(she/her) Clinic Nurse

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Alexcia Wattie (she/her) Minority AIDs Initiative

Program Coordinator

 

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Lonnie Bishop (he/him)

HIV Testing & Outreach Coordinator

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Whitney Burton (she/her) Outreach & Linkage Program Manager

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Jasmine Pope (she/her) Program Director

 

Interested in an internship at STAR TRACK? Email us at startrack@som.umaryland.edu

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Why We Do

Mission

 

The Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Health Program’s mission is to provide health services, expertise and leadership throughout the State of Maryland by:

 

  • Providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary, individualized and confidential health  
    HIV/AIDS;care to infants, children, youth, and young adults living with or at risk of acquiring 
     

  • Providing youth centered reproductive health care, health education, prevention, and early identification services to infants, children, youth, and young adults living with or at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS;
     

  • Offering general health care, including school and sports physicals, and contraception and family planning resources to adolescents and young adults;
     

  • Tailoring our programs to meet our clients’ needs and offering specialized advocacy, care and outreach to LGBTQ youth;
     

  • Conducting research to contribute to the knowledge leading to improvement of health, risk reduction and reduction of HIV transmission;
     

  • Training and educating professionals from a variety of disciplines regarding gender and sexuality, youth care and engagement, structural oppression, and HIV prevention
     

  • Shaping and influencing local, state and national public policy as it impacts infants, children, youth and young adults living with or at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS; and
     

  • Facilitating and participating in collaboration among the many organizations in Maryland that improves outcomes for youth in systems such as juvenile justice, housing, reproductive justice, and education.

 

 

Vision

 

  • To be a nationally recognized Center of Excellence, providing innovation and state of the art pediatric and adolescent prevention and care
     

  • To increase access to quality, inclusive and comprehensive healthcare that’s rooted in, responsive to, and in collaboration with the community
     

  • To be leaders in examining structural oppression and how it relates to all aspects of healthcare.

 

Advocacy

STAR TRACK focuses on connecting with and providing excellent care for LGBTQ+, Black women, commercial sex workers, and unstably housed youth. These community groups are unjustly disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic and face increased barriers to care.

We recognize that the HIV epidemic will not be solved/addressed by the healthcare system alone, and therefore it is essential to participate in cross-sector advocacy and collaboration.

 

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SEX POSITIVITY

Prioritzing and centering choice, consent, pleasure, desire, decision making, sexual health, and healthy relationships.

Frameworks

 

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HARM REDUCTION

Centering strategies and goals that youth seek out without pushing for behavior change before youth are willing and prepared to take next steps.

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STRENGTHS BASED

Viewing young people as resilient, creative, and resourceful with tangible strengths, motivation, and self-determination.

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COMMUNITY DRIVEN 

Listening to, learning from, and valuing community needs, input, and direction.

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YOUTH FOCUSED

Following youth needs and providing access to information and resources requested.

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SOCIAL JUSTICE

with an emphasis on RACIAL JUSTICE

Understanding that HIV is a racial justice issue, proven through the social determinants of health. We address, from a historical point of view, the complex and unique needs of low-income POC.

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