PATIENTS Day is the pinnacle event of The PATIENTS Program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Please join us for PATIENTS Day! This year’s event focuses on mental health.

PATIENTS Day will be held Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, from 12-5 p.m. at the Community Engagement Center (16 South Poppleton St., Baltimore, MD 21201). 

About the Event:

PATIENTS Day is a transformational learning opportunity for community residents, patients, researchers and trainees across the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), advocates, and health care providers. PATIENTS Day seeks to transform the way research is understood and talked about by community residents, patients, and UMB researchers and trainees. It promises to be a fun-filled day in West Baltimore, featuring a health fair and interactive panel sessions.


Time Activity
12:00 p.m. Registration & Lunch
1:00 p.m.

Patient and Community Voice
Barbara Palmer, Patients Professor Graduate '22

1:05 p.m. 

What to Expect
Rodney Elliott Sr., Community Engagement Specialist, The PATIENTS Program 

1:10 p.m. 

Welcome Remarks 
Sarah L.J. Michel, PhD, Dean of University of Maryland School of Pharmacy  

1:20 p.m. 

Co-Pillar a co-developed project with the community with emphasis on Mental Health  
Facilitated by Ericka Lewis, PhD, LMSW, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work  


  • Matthew Lawrence - Former Baltimore Raven and now Founder of Lawrence International   
  • Luke Cooper, JD, MBA - Founder of Latimer Ventures & University of Maryland Baltimore President’s Distinguished Scholar  
  • Jazmiera Smothers - Self Published Author and Inspirational Speaker

2:00 p.m. 

Stretch Break
Chauncey Whitehead  

2:05 p.m. 

Rodney Elliott Sr., Community Engagement Specialist, The PATIENTS Program 
Patients Professors Academy
The Bridge Podcast 

2:10 p.m. 

Mental Health conversation with 3 Baltimore Authors   
Facilitated by Joshua Harris - Community Advocate


  • Kondwani Fidel – Writer, spoken word artist, assistant professor of English at Coppin State University
  • D. Watkins – NY Times Best Seller and College Lecturer 
  • Jennifer Pope – Author and Founder of The Pope’s Foundation

2:50 p.m. 

Closing Remarks  
C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, Executive Director, The PATIENTS Program 

3:00 p.m. 

Health Fair & Book Signing  


PATIENTS Day is free to attend. However, advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

Parking, Directions, and Accommodations:

Free parking is available across the street from the Community Engagement Center, at the corner of W. Baltimore Street and S. Poppleton Street.

For More Information:

For more information about this event, please contact The PATIENTS Program at

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