The Central Maryland Area Health Education Center (CMAHEC), a 501(c)3 organization, is one of three community-based Area Health Education Center’s (AHEC) in Maryland and one of more than 250 AHEC’s throughout the United States. The Maryland AHEC Center, located at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, provides technical support and guidance to CMAHEC for the delivery of evidence-based programming. CMAHEC leverages educational partnerships, community linkages, and support from federal, state, and local agencies to accomplish its mission. Area Health Education Centers are funded in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration national network that focuses on recruitment, training, and retention of a diverse healthcare workforce for medically underserved communities.
Paula Blackwell, MHA
Paula Blackwell has more than 20 years’ experience overseeing health and human services programs. Prior to joining the BAHEC Team, Ms. Blackwell held several positions with the Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network including Program Director for Health Education and Promotion. She was the principal consultant at Elevated Channels providing project oversight for organizational development, grants administration, fundraising, project management, and special events contracts. Other past positions include Manager of Marketing and Public Relations at the African American Health Alert and Manager of Community Resources at the Maryland Food Committee.
Melissa Miller is the Training Coordinator at the Baltimore Area Health Education Center (BAHEC). She is a highly trained health professional with over 20 years of experience in health care. Melissa has worked in several different health related settings including Internal Medicine and Occupational Health and Wellness. Melissa has also worked as a full-time Medical Assistant trainer. Since 2016, Melissa has trained and prepared area residents to begin health care careers as Community Health Workers. In addition to coordinating the Community Health Worker training at BAHEC, Melissa coordinates clinical education placements for health professions students.