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Charles Clark

Hometown: Newark, NJ

Zodiac Sign and/ or Fun fact: Gemini/I perform in a competitive karaoke league.

Title/What you do on the USHINE team: Research Assistant at the Baltimore City Health Department Eastern Clinic, Graphic Designer

What motivates you to do this work? I want to be a part of the queer community in Baltimore. Helping improve our overall sexual health is a great way to get involved and make a difference.

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John Benton Denny

Title/What you do on the USHINE team: Research Assistant at the Baltimore City Health Department Druid Clinic

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Adena Greenbaum

Title/What you do in the USHINE team: Assistant Commissioner of Clinical Services at the Baltimore City Health Department and Co-Principal Investigator of the USHINE Study

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Steve Huettner

Hometown:  Hicksville  New York (yes Hicksville)

Zodiac Sign and/ or Fun fact:  Cancer

Title/What you do on the USHINE team:  Field Coordinator

What motivates you to do this work?  I have been working in public health and HIV since 1992. I became involved after my uncle Gino died from AIDS in 1990.  He had a support network of family but there were so many others that did not, so I got involved.

 
 
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Jacky Jennings

Hometown: Baltimore City, where I live, love, work, play and raise my two children (born in Stony Brook, NY)

Zodiac Sign and/ or Fun fact: I was just selected for a part in a musical – the Wizard of Oz with Brown Memorial Players.  I will be the Lion. The play production team must have a sixth sense because in my personal life over the past year or so, I have been working on developing a greater sense of self-worth and courage.  Life is funny sometimes.

Title/What you do on the USHINE team: I am a Co-Principle Investigator on the USHINE team, and with colleagues I conceptualized and wrote the grant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for USHINE.

What motivates you to do this work? No person should still be getting syphilis in this day and age.  It is diagnosable and treatable. Approximately 20 years ago, we were on a trajectory to eliminate syphilis until federal funding was cut so low that the disease starting making a resurgence.  With the USHINE funding, we now have a new opportunity to make inroads against syphilis and the co-epidemic of HIV.

 
 
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Simone Sawyer

Hometown: Gainesville, VA

Zodiac Sign and/or Fun Fact: Libra / I love the Food Network and secretly want to have my own cooking show one day.

Title/What you do on the USHINE team: Research Assistant working on community engagement and dissemination of research findings

What motivates you to do this work? HIV and STI’s can be prevented. I want to help reduce disproportionate rates of sexual diseases in communities. I believe that research in collaboration with the community it is intended for can truly help to reduce the rates we see. We work better when we work together!

 
 
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Bridget Sweeney

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Zodiac Sign and/or Fun fact: Taurus / I’m a huge fan of celebrity conspiracy theories.

Title/What you do on the USHINE team: Research Assistant at the Chase Brexton Clinic

What motivates you to do this work? Working with the USHINE project combines my passion for research and concerns for social justice in the field of public health. It is the dream opportunity to work in Baltimore’s community and work towards advancing the availability of resources for those in need so that they can be their best (and healthiest) selves.

 
 
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Carla Tilchin

Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland

Zodiac Sign and/ or Fun fact: I volunteer at a community bike shop and help people fix their bikes.

Title/What you do on the USHINE team: Project coordinator and data analyst

What motivates you to do this work? I view public health as a social justice issue, and I am motivated by work that focuses on reducing health disparities, especially among urban population in the US.

 
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Jessica Wagner

Title/ What you do on the USHINE team: Data manager and analyst