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Baltimore Health Justice in Action

Interfaith Justice: Beyond Rhetoric

About the Event

Baltimore Health Justice In Action 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 7 p.m., Fourth Floor Program Room

In 2012, Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., declared that “Those who stand with the poor are to erect structures of social, economic, and health care justice.” So, too, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated in 2017 that health care is a fundamental human right, one which we all share and which we have a duty to promote for the common good. As a Jesuit, Catholic university anchored in Baltimore, how does Loyola leverage its resources in a responsible, collaborative way to support community partners who are committed to this work? Come hear personal and community stories about health care justice and join in discussions on how we all may contribute to positive change in Baltimore. 

Visit http://www.loyno.edu/jsri/bio/fr-fred-kammer-sj-j-d for further info on Fr. Kammer’s work and books. 


  • Flor Paniagua-Peart, ’21 
    Flor is a Junior (class of 2021) majoring in Biology and Writing with a minor in Forensic Science.  She is a Campus Ministry intern working to teach the RCIA program for Loyola and am also one of the Clinical Coordinators in Health Outreach Baltimore.  Health Outreach Baltimore focuses our outreach work in Mercy Hospital whereby they attempt to address some of the health discrepancies in our own Baltimore community.  Because Flor is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English, she tries to focus most of her health justice work in addressing certain barriers that comes with language and health.


  • Eddie Martin, Jr, Director of Engagement, Health Care for the Homeless
    Eddie is a Chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve. As an emerging Marriage and Family therapist, he has provided therapy and counseling to military and civilian personnel in the areas of couple’s therapy, family therapy, pre-marital counseling, trauma, addiction, grief/loss and stress management. He also provides religious support and leads trainings on cultural diversity and suicide awareness, among many other things.
    Prior to joining Health Care for the Homeless, Eddie was the Director of the Center for Positive School Climate & Supportive Discipline at the University of Maryland School of Social Work where he oversaw outreach and engagement. He also has lots of experience working with the federal government on faith-based community initiatives. He was the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and a Religion and Foreign-Policy Working Group Member of the Office of Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Eddie is currently working on his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Eastern University where he’s evaluating behavioral health programs in the U.S. Army.    


  • Dedra Lane, Director of Safe Streets
    Dedra Layne works in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice as the Director of Safe Streets Baltimore.  Safe Streets is an evidence-based health approach to address violence by reducing shootings and homicides; it is the first and longest running replication of Cure Violence.  She is responsible for providing leadership, oversight and technical assistance to the five Community Based Organizations sponsoring the 9 Safe Streets community sites in targeted areas of Baltimore City.  
    Prior to joining Safe Streets Baltimore in 2014, Ms. Layne spent more than 30 years administrating a variety of Human Service programs in Baltimore and the District of Columbia. She has performed in roles including Director of Roberta’s House Family Grief Support Center, Director of Homeless Services and Community Support for the University Of Maryland’s Division of Community Psychiatry, Division Director for Casey Family Services, and Director of Homeless Programs with Volunteers of America Chesapeake.  Since joining Safe Streets, Dedra has worked to elevate the work and the staff of the program.  Under her tenure, SSB is on track to expand from four sites to ten in fiscal year 2020.  SSB has expanded to include a Hospital-Responder component currently in two hospitals and a third soon to be added.   The program also works in partnership in two high schools in Baltimore City. Dedra has earned a degree in Gerontology with a specialization in Death and Dying, a Bachelor of Social Work from Coppin State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialty in Mental Health and Substance Abuse from the University of Maryland.    Her areas of focus include Death and Dying, Grief and Loss, End of Life Care, Trauma-Informed Care and Youth Violence Prevention.   Dedra is a native Baltimorean and a city resident. In her spare time, Dedra enjoys cooking, reading and engaging the practice of silence.  Dedra has committed herself to perpetual self-reflection as a practice of “being still and knowing.

Sponsored by Loyola's Commitment to Justice, the Office of the VPAA, Campus Ministry, CCSJ, the Pre-Health Society, and Messina. 

Follow the conversation on social media @LoyolaJustice and #livejustice


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