Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities
201 W Preston Street, Room 500
Biographical Sketch: Dr. Carlessia A. Hussein completed graduate studies in Nursing and a Public Health Doctorate at the University of California, School of Public Health at Berkeley. Her professional career has included inpatient and public health nursing, health planning and regulation. She served as both the Associate Dean at the University Of California School Of Public Health and the Chairperson of the Community Health Nursing Program at Berkeley.
Dr. Hussein currently directs the office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) in the office of the Maryland Secretary of Health. The MHHD office is responsible for instituting programs that will reduce and eventually eliminate health disparities among minorities in Maryland. The office has established a website, held five annual health disparities conferences, developed a comprehensive state plan to eliminate health disparities and partners with various stakeholders in the state to develop and maintain an equitable healthcare system. Dr. Hussein also serves as the Director of the Maryland Cigarrette Restitution Fund Program (CRFP) and continues oversight of the program that uses State tobacco settlement funds to reduce smoking, control cancer in Maryland and reduce cancer and tobacco related health disparities in Maryland.