Maryland Alliance to Transform Health Professionals
The Maryland Alliance to Transform the Health Professions (a.k.a. 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 MD Sullivan Alliance holds regular meetings to consider proposed initiatives. Rotating meeting sites among member schools, all partners join in institutional events and initiatives to diversify the health professions, such as career fairs and summer programs.
The MD Sullivan Alliance plans an innovative campaign to increase youth awareness of health careers, in partnership with key stakeholders such as parents and educators. The Alliance has developed partnerships with two primary schools—Rosemont Elementary/Middle School in West Baltimore and Northwood Appold Community Academy in Northwest Baltimore—to educate students about the array of health careers they can pursue, which will be done through a variety of methods, including mentorship programs, shadowing health professionals, career days, using text messaging and/or popular social media such as Facebook and Twitter, etc. This initiative is the first of many community based activities of the Maryland Alliance aimed at increasing the representation of under-represented minorities in the health professions.