Charm City Care Connection was founded in 2009 by local students in collaboration with East Baltimore community leaders. Together, students and community members envisioned a future free from disparities in health and health care access. Originally called Charm City Clinic, our organization was formed to improve the health of Baltimore’s residents and to increase future healthcare providers’ awareness of challenges that underserved communities face. We aim to strengthen our community and empower Baltimore’s poorest families through lasting relationships that promote health and well-being.
Since 2009, we have grown from a small volunteer group to a substantial organization with ambitious vision and goals. Over the years we have assisted approximately 3,800 low-income individuals, the majority of whom reside in East Baltimore, in achieving sustainable connection to high quality health care. Today we offer comprehensive health support services at two locations and are partnering with other local agencies to bring preventive health services to community based sites.
Executive Director (RN, BSN)
Wynnona Engle-Pratt, a pediatric nurse who has worked in Baltimore for over 5 years, began her involvement in community based health after seeing first hand how difficult the health care system can be for families who lack community support. She volunteered at Charm City Clinic for several years and is delighted to now be involved in a permanent position. She is currently studying to be a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and is completing the MSN/MPH program at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She was born in Iowa and grew up in Blacksburg Virginia and Montgomery County Maryland. While it was never her plan to stay in Baltimore long term, she has grown very attached to this city and is now committed to continuing her career here. The communities of Baltimore show great resilience and hope and inspire her to continue working to foster health and wellbeing for all residents.
Program Director For Health Resource Case Management
After graduating from Smith College in 2017, where she mainly focused in Africana and Media studies, Aleah spent time as an arts educator and an organizer in the Holyoke community of Western Massachusetts before relocating to Baltimore to be closer to family and grow as a community advocate. She is passionate about sustainable systems of health and wellness, loves talking about surveillance and is enthusiastic about cultivating community knowledge around holistic medicine.
Community Relations Coordinator
Prior to joining the Charm City Care Connection team, Augusta was involved in urban farming initiatives in the New York area where she worked to create and sustain equitable food systems. In 2017, Augusta moved to Baltimore to continue food justice work and teach literacy development to young people. Since moving to Baltimore, Augusta is consistently inspired to work towards accessible healthcare for all.
PhD, President, Co-Founder; MD/PhD Student, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
MD, DPhil, Vice President, Co-Founder; Senior Resident, Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
MHS, Treasurer, Co-Founder; Medical Student, Virginia Tech University
Dr. Leonard Feldman
MD, Medical Director; Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
MD, MPH, Associate Medical Director and Secretary; Fellow, General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Rev. Gary Dittman
Pastor, Amazing Grace Lutheran Church
Rev. Debra Hickman
MDiv, President/CEO, Sisters Together and Reaching, Inc.
Co-Founder; MPH Student, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
MBA Co-Chair, Monument-McElderry-Fayette Revitalization Plan
JD, MPH Senior Director, Health Planning and Community Engagement, Office of Health Care Transformation and Strategic Planning, Johns Hopkins Medicine
CPA, MBA SB & Company, LLC
Our volunteers are essential to the work we do. Charm City Care Connection’s model and programs are built on fully utilizing volunteers and their talents. Volunteers participate in our center through case management, outreach, and leadership.
Thank You to Our Funders
Thank you to those organizations and individuals who believe in our mission and have supported our work. Without this support we could not progress towards a future free from disparities in health.