ALBERT WU, MD, MPH
DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR HEALTH SERVICES AND OUTCOMES RESEARCH
JOHNS HOPKINS BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Albert Wu is a practicing general internist and Professor of Health Policy & Management and Director of the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research and teaching focus on improving patient outcomes and quality of care. He also has a long interest in patient safety. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine committee on Preventing Medication Errors, and Senior Adviser to the World Health Organization Patient Safety Program in Geneva 2007-2009. He was director of the AHRQ-funded Hopkins DEcIDE center for comparative effectiveness research from 2005-2013. He was an investigator on SUPPORT (a Robert Wood Johnson-funded multi-center study of prognosis, preferences, and outcomes among seriously ill hospitalized adults), and the national Managed Health Care Association Project on quality of care.
Albert is active on Twitter @withyoudrwu.
JANICE DENISE GENTRY, BS, MPA
EAST BALTIMORE COMMUNITY ADVOCATE
Janice is a lifelong resident of East Baltimore for nearly 59 years . She is a mother of 6 with over 40 years of community advocacy experience. She served on numerous local city and state boards, serving the community in all facets in an attempt to improve the quality of life for all is her passion. Janice attended Morgan State University where she received her Bachelor's of Science in Mental Health Technology and Completed her Masters in Public Administration from Capella University. Janice has worked as Co project manager for East Baltimore Community Development (EBDI) as well as Directed three major HUD funded housing mobility projects to include : Moving To Opportunity Program , the Baltimore Regional Opportunity Program and Thompson V. HUD Lawsuit decree. Much notoriety was obtained through her 1997 publication, " Bridging Families To Better Communities." Janice loves spending time with her family and friends as well as providing resources to community in addition to mentoring to the youth in communities.
LEON C. PURNELL
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MEN AND FAMILIES CENTER
FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE MEN’S CENTER, INC
Mr. Purnell is a lifelong resident of East Baltimore. He is a product of the Baltimore City Public School System where he was awarded both scholastic and athletic scholarships. Leon attended both Morgan and Coppin State Colleges where he obtained a BS in Social Science and Master in Education respectively. He worked as a counselor for both Woodbourne Center and the Woodland Job Corps and he worked 13 years at a psychiatric therapist before joining the Men’s Center as director in 1997. In addition to heading The Men and Families Center, he directly impacts health disparities through early detection assessments and the teaching of life skills pre-employment skills and case management to help strengthen families through advocacy, support and direction with the re-entry population. He has many affiliations such as Life Member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Egbe Akokourin Rite of Passage; Weinberg Fellow; Greater Baltimore Leadership Graduate; former political affiliations: the New 45th Political Organization and The East Democratic Organization better known as EDO. Leon has been a community advocate for many years. He is actively involved with the Baltimore BEEP human rights group. He is also the Board Chair for the Environmental Justice Partnership in East Baltimore and currently the Vice President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Baltimore Chapter.