Advisory Board

Jennifer H. Kirschner, MSPH, CHES

A Certified Health Education Specialist, Jennifer was a co-founding member of BSHRC and served as the organization’s Executive Director from July 2012 through December 2014. Professionally, her passions include overdose prevention, comprehensive sex and sexuality education, issues regarding intimate partner violence, and de-stigmatization of mental illness and substance use. Jen also enjoys planning events, attempting to complete word puzzles, and goofing around with small children. She received her master’s degree in Health Education and Health Communication from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds an A.B. in Psychology from Vassar College.

Adam Schneider, MA, MSW
Director of Community Relations: Healthcare for the Homeless

Adam Schneider, MA, MSW, is Director of Community Relations at Health Care for the Homeless (HCH), where he works on state and local public policy and community initiatives related to issues of health and homelessness. He has been an organizer of several grassroots initiatives undertaken by people experiencing homelessness. Prior to HCH, Adam worked as a case manager for people experiencing homelessness in Baltimore. He has also developed and facilitated experiential community-learning initiatives in Baltimore City and in central Appalachia. He has graduate degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. In addition to his work at HCH, Adam teaches courses on philosophy, social theory, social work, public health and public policy at several area colleges and universities. He was arrested for disruption of Congress as part of the “Baucus 8” demonstration in support of universal health care during the Senate Finance Committee’s hearings on health reform in May 2009.

Susan G. Sherman, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Susan Sherman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology who focuses on improving the health of marginalized populations, particularly that of drug users and sex workers. Her research among drug users, in which she utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, has largely focused on harm reduction, HIV prevention, economic development, and overdose prevention and response. She has been involved in several large, randomized, peer outreach intervention trials that has aimed to reduce HIV and related risk behaviors among drug users in Thailand, Baltimore, and Pakistan. Dr. Sherman is also working to examine the effects of economic empowerment on reducing sexual risk behaviors among sex workers and is interested in the relationship between gender norms and sexual risk behaviors among adolescents. Dr. Sherman has been BSHRC’s volunteer advisor since their founding in early 2011.

Christopher Welsh, MD
Associate Professor: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Welsh is board certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry with experience working with various types of addiction and treatments. At the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he is involved with teaching medical, nursing, social work and other trainees at various levels. He has worked with Maryland and Baltimore on various issues related to heroin and other opioid addiction and serves as the medical consultant to the Baltimore Buprenorphine Initiative. He has also been involved with various overdose prevention initiatives including Baltimore’s Staying Alive Program and Maryland’s Statewide overdose prevention initiatives. He is a member of the Baltimore City Syringe Exchange Advisory Board and serves as a board member to Healthcare for the Homeless and the MD chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

Emeritus Advisory Board Members

Robert Childs, MPH, Executive Director: North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC)

Derrick Hunt, Baltimore City Risk Reduction Services

Carlton R. Smith, Executive Director: Center for Black Equity–Baltimore

Chris Serio-Chapman, Baltimore City Health Department

Erica Lessem, Treatment Action Group (& BSHRC alumna)

Michael T. Everett, CEO: Intimacy & Colour (formerly, Harm Reduction Coalition)