PATIENTS Day (2018)

Mark your calendars for PATIENTS Day, a health fair presented by the PATIENTS Program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Artwork for PATIENTS Day (2018)Scheduled for Friday, July 20, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., PATIENTS Day is an interactive, educational health fair where community members, health care providers, researchers, and community organizers can learn from and teach each other what our community needs in order to create and sustain healthy individuals and families.

The theme for this year's event is "Your Health. Your Voice." Wellness advocates will be on-site to provide blood pressure screenings and HIV testing, as well as answer any questions that you might have about your health. Recreational activities including music, dancing, and fitness demostrations will also be available.

The event will be held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) BioPark, located at 801 W. Baltimore Street in Baltimore, Md. Please attend and share your voice and your views with us about the health issues that mean the most to you, your family, and your community.

Registration is preferred for this event. All attendees will receive free lunch. Register online here.

Engaging Panel Discussions:

Explore the titles below to learn more about the panel discussions planned for this year's PATIENTS Day.

Research from the Community's Perspective: Real Talk about the Good, the Bad, and the Impact of Health Research

Diversity in health research is important to ensure that discoveries, treatments, interventions, and prevention strategies are relevant to all populations. Unfortunately, many members of our community have negative or limited information about what it means to take part in these important opportunities to share insights and voice their opinions about health care in a research setting.

Moderated by Michelle Medeiros, MS, MA, CCRP, director of research for the PATIENTS Program, this panel of community members and health care professionals will provide first-hand accounts from their own experiences with health research — the good, the bad, and the overall community impact. The panel discussion begins at 12:30 p.m.


  • Michelle Medeiros, Director of Research for the PATIENTS Program
  • Gail Graham, Director of HIV/AIDS Ministry-Outreach Services for Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church
  • Daniel Frye, Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Carol Keegan, Patient Advocate and PATIENTS Program Consultant
  • Aurelia Laird, Director of Clinical and Community Research for Bon Secours Baltimore Health System

Gun Violence as a Social Determinant of Health, with Special Guest Panelist Erricka Bridgeford of Baltimore Ceasefire 365

According to the World Health Organization, social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age...[and] are mostly responsible for health inequities. In Baltimore, gun violence has proven to be one such social determinant, or factor, in chronic mental health issues such as increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Additionally, when people leave high-crime areas to escape violence, it weakens local economies, lowers home values, lowers the tax base and ultimately limits capacity to offer quality public schools and needed social services. This panel discussion will focus on the impact of gun violence on the health of Baltimore's resident, neighborhoods, education, and economy. A diverse panel of speakers, moderated by PATIENTS Program friend Dr. Joseph Richardson, will discuss the far-reaching impact of gun violence on Baltimore's health and what we can do to create change. The panel discussion begins at 1:20 p.m.


  • Erricka Bridgeford, Mediator and Community Organizer for Baltimore Ceasefire 365
  • DeJuan Patterson, Executive Director for BeMore Baltimore
  • Damion J. Cooper, Founder/Executive Director of Project Pneuma

Health 360: Baltimore Authors on Health, with Special Guest Panelists Ernestine Shepherd and Robert Wallace

Health isn't just about the physical conditions of a person's body. Your mental, spiritual, and financial wellness, along with strong social connections and a sense of belonging, all play vital roles in creating and sustaining a healthy quality of life.

This special panel discussion will focus on achieving wellness in all of the major areas in your life. A diverse panel of Baltimore-based authors, moderated by PATIENTS Program friend and consultant Dr. Randal Pinkett, will lend their voices and expertise to a topic that is important to the community. The panel discussion begins at 2:15 p.m., with Q&A and book signing immediately following.

About the Authors

Ernestine Shepherd
Baltimore's own Ernestine "Ernie" Shepherd, at age 79, is a personal trainer, professional model, and competitive bodybuilder. In March 2010, she was formally given the title of World's Oldest Performing Female BodyBuilder (by Guinness World Records). At 56-years-old, after the sudden loss of her sister, she began her journey to completely transform her body—and her life. Read more about Miss Ernestine and watch Miss Ernestine’s 2017 appearance on Steve Harvey's Little Big Shots: Forever Young.

Robert Wallace
Robert L. Wallace is an internationally-known entrepreneur, author, business consultant, and keynote speaker. With more than 30 years of industry experience spanning engineering, energy, IT and executive consulting, Bob leverages his expertise to educate and inspire entrepreneurs, executives and audiences around the world. Growing up in the Baltimore projects amidst poverty and racial segregation, Bob overcame social and economic obstacles through his own rags-to-riches story to become a successful serial entrepreneur. Read more about Mr. Wallace.

Kelly Campbell
Kelly Campbell is a bestselling author, certified master coach, and motivational speaker empowering women around the world to create and live extraordinary lives. Kelly first became a walking example of daring to do the impossible when she decided to leave her government job and started her own business flipping houses, where she successfully hit six figures in her first month of doing business. At the height of her real-estate business, Kelly was suddenly hospitalized, with life threatening complications attributed to lupus. After receiving a devastating prognosis from the doctor, Kelly once again decided to defy the odds. She made the decision to look beyond traditional practices and with the help of a naturopathic doctor, developed her own custom system of healthy eating and nutritional cleansing. Read more about Ms. Campbell’s journey.

Kondwani Fidel
Born and raised in Baltimore City, author, spoken-word poet, and lecturer Kondwani Fidel had an up-close view of the poverty, loss, racism, and justices faced by many member of the community. His essays on those topics have been included in publications such as Medium, The Root, and the Afro-American Newspaper. His debut book of poetry, Raw Wounds, weaves his life experiences, depression, and loss of loved ones with provocative social commentary. Kondawani continues to give back to the community through his Baltimore-based nonprofit literacy program, Read! Learn more about Kondwani Fidel.

Olayinka “Yinka” Ladeji, MPH
Public health expert, author, and PATIENTS Program team member, Yinka Ladeji, has spent more tha 10 years facilitating, evaluating, and implementing health programs and policies in both the public and private sectors. Her work includes time onsite with the Ghana Health Service's Division of Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in Accra, Ghana. In 2015, Yinka turned her focus to the seemingly diverging avenues of health care, and wrote Spirituality, Complementary & Alternative Health Practices...and Their Promise for Public Health. The book encourages readers to explore the promotion of spirituality and alternative medicine as integral parts of a viable health model, along with allopathic or "Western" medicine. Read more about Yinka Ladeji.

Dr. Randall Pinkett (Panel Moderator)
Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author, scholar and community servant. He is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar management, technology and policy consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. BCT Partners works with corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the areas of housing and community development, economic development, human services, government, healthcare and education. His books include Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business, The No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash, and Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness. Learn more about Dr. Pinkett.

What Community Members Say About PATIENTS:

Unfamiliar with the work of the PATIENTS Program? Explore the videos below to learn more about the program and what members of the local community have to say about us.

Gail Graham

PATIENTS Program member Gail Graham shares what motivated her to join the PATIENTS team, as well as why others should consider getting involved with the program.

Carol Keegan

Research advisor Carol Keegan explains why it is important for patients and the community to partner in research.

Del Price and Carolyn Alexander

Research advisors Del Price and Carolyn Alexander explain how the PATIENTS Program is changing the way that research is conducted.

Jeff Wells

Jeff Wells

Patient advisor Jeff Wells explains how research can be made less complicated and how the PATIENTS Program is pioneering this effort.

How to Register:

PATIENTS Day is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, please complete and submit the form below.

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For More Information:

If you have questions about PATIENTS Day or the PATIENTS Program, please contact (410) 706-3839 or