According to his colleagues, Terry Fisher is a natural-born leader with the ability to galvanize others and bring them up higher. He has dedicated his life to the elimination of both social and health disparities in underserved communities by spearheading public health initiatives, supporting policy development, and managing programs that provide resources to distressed people and communities.
As Project Director for the Maryland Opioid Rapid Response Initiative, Terry brings 15 years of experience in the areas of community relations, program and project management, stakeholder relations, database management, qualitative research coordination, and community-based participatory research. Currently, Terry provides leadership to eight jurisdictions in the area of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and overdose fatality management funding administration. He also provides technical assistance and guidance to SUD providers throughout the State of Maryland. Terry works directly with state and federal government officials to provide administrative funding oversight in an effort to combat the opioid crisis in our nation. Prior to working with the State of Maryland, Terry served as Director of Programs at the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare where he also worked on major projects in the city of Baltimore to address access to high-growth industries for returning citizens and vocational disparities that plagued residents in distressed neighborhoods.
Terry is a very a thoughtful, forward-thinking, and determined professional who is driven by bringing about positive outcomes for the greater good of society. At the very beginning of his career, he was named East Baltimore Community Corporation’s Employee of the Year, and he continues to uphold high standards of excellence and accountability. Along with having a master’s degree in Public Health from Morgan State University, Terry is a recent graduate of the 2016 Weinberg Sector Skills Academy. His capstone research project “Re-entry in Healthcare” was selected by local foundations to be presented to Baltimore’s leading healthcare institutions on August 2016. As the Chairman of the research committee, Terry credits the success of the project to his WSSA colleagues and his passion for systems change.
Mr. Fisher’s raison d’etre is to uplift the downtrodden and to utilize empirical and evidence based research as a means to heal the world. His core values are integrity, hard work, and education; the statement that is most compelling to him reads “a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus”, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born and raised in Maryland, Terry currently resides in Baltimore City and is totally committed to empowering people and helping them escape the plagues of poverty, substandard education, health inequities, food deserts, and crime.
To contact Terry or for more information please email him at: [email protected]
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