Rev. Dr. Sandra Conner

Rev. Dr. Sandra Conner

Rev. Dr. Sandra Conner is a strong consumer health advocate. As a faith leader, she has an important perspective on how the health care system impacts consumers, based on the stories that she hears from her congregants. In the past, she often struggled to know how to help her congregants who were seriously ill, or even to be informed of when they had been hospitalized. Then, two years ago, Rev. Dr. Conner became a leader in the Maryland Faith Health Network, which brings together faith congregations and health systems. The work of the Network has resulted in a new service that provides faith leaders with hospitalization notifications about their congregants directly from participating hospitals. Rev. Dr. Conner has helped congregations access resources and education around public health topics such as health coverage, nutrition, drug and gambling addiction, preventing falls, estate planning, CPR training, advance directives, strokes and supporting caregivers. As part of the Network, Rev. Dr. Conner piloted the Food and Faith Curriculum, developed by Rev. Darriel Harris of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future, at Shepherd’s Heart Missionary Baptist Church where she presides as pastor. Expanding her role as a consumer advocate even further, Rev. Dr. Conner also now serves as a consumer representative on the Maryland Health Care Commission’s Health Information Exchange Workgroup (HIE), where she has successfully advocated to have consumer-friendly practices integrated into that workgroup. Rev. Dr. Conner jumps at every opportunity to share her knowledge as a consumer advocate, and to learn more to take her advocacy to the next level. Marylanders are very lucky to have Rev. Dr. Conner as their consumer health advocate!

Consumer Stories

The needs and experiences of health care consumers — particularly people in marginalized or low-income communities or with complex needs and significant disabilities — are the driving force of the Center’s work. Documenting and amplifying patients’ real-life health care situations, in their own words, is central to our ability to create a health care system that works for all of us. Click below for stories from some of the consumers we work with.