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    ​Who Are We?

    The Advisory Council consists of 15 members appointed by the Governor. Member terms are four years.
    • Two (2) shall be representatives of the physicians and arthritis health professionals at the State’s two medical schools;
    • One (1) shall be a representative of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene;
    • One (1) shall be a representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation;
    • One (1) shall be a representative of the Department of Aging;
    • One (1) shall be a representative of the Department of Disabilities;
    • Three (3) shall be members of voluntary agencies, including the Maryland Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Lupus Foundation, and Home Health Care Inc.
    • Two (2) shall be representatives from hospitals or health professionals or both outside of the major metropolitan areas;
    • Two (2) shall be representatives from the health care industry, including the pharmaceutical industry and third-party payors; and
    • Two (2) shall be arthritic patients or family members of arthritic patients.


    Current Member Roster

    Domenic J. Borro, LNHA, PT Health Professional Non-Metro Area
    Meg Gwaltney  Patient Representative
    Matthew S. Jackson Division of Rehabilitation Services
    Rebecca L. Manno, MD, MHS (chair) Johns Hopkins University
    Jody Marshall Patient Representative
    Erin Susanne Penniston, MSW Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Julie Toms Poludniak, MD, MPH, FAAFP Health Professional Non-Metro Area
    Linnette Rivera, LCPC, NCC, ACS Maryland Department of Disabilities
    Bernadette D. Siaton, MD University of Maryland School of Medicine
    Chanel F. Whittaker, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, FASCP Healthcare Industry
    Liz Woodward Maryland Department of Aging Patient Representative

    Where and When We Meet

    **Update: Meetings of the Advisory Council on Arthritis and Related Diseases have concluded for 2017. Effective October 1, 2017, there will be a new State Advisory Council on Health and Wellness. This Council includes an Arthritis Committee. 

    Meeting Summaries




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