Whitney A.N. Burton, MHP, MSW, CPH
Linkage to Care Coordinator
STAR TRACK, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Whitney A.N. Burton works with youth and young adults living with HIV/AIDS between the ages of 12 and 26 years old.
As linkage to care coordinator at STAR TRACK at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Burton’s goal is to keep patients in comprehensive medical care via education, psychosocial assistance and consumer-driven and centered care services, such as job assistance and support groups.
Burton also creates innovative programs based on consumers’ needs, including a drop-in workout class for young mothers to address being overweight, space for consumers to practice the online versions of the MVA drivers’ test and art therapy groups.
“While these programs may not appear to address peoples’ chronic conditions, they actually do, as having a driver’s license assists with people making their appointments in a timely manner, weight loss reduces their risk of developing HIV-related diseases and art therapy can be utilized as an alternative and positive coping method to replace drug use,” she said.