The Community Relations Department at Johns Hopkins Bayview works to establish and foster communication between the Medical Center and surrounding communities. The department interfaces with a broad range of non-profit, business and community organizations to support initiatives that improve the well-being of the community, addressing health, housing, economic development, transportation and safety issues with our community partners. Click here to view a full list of community outreach initiatives and partnerships.
Members of the community relations staff regularly attend community meetings, actively participate on the Medical Center’s Community Advisory Board and serve as the driving force for the Community Health Action Project (CHAP). As a result, they facilitate health-related programs to meet community and patient needs. The department also plays an integral role in hospital policy development and represents Johns Hopkins Bayview with regard to legislative and regulatory concerns.
For more information or to contact the Community Relations Department, please call 410-550-0289.
Community Relations Staff
Selwyn Ray, J.D.Director
Selwyn Ray, J.D., is director of Johns Hopkins Health System Community Relations. His primary responsibilities are at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Selwyn also has an additional broader role for community health outreach for the Academic Division of the Johns Hopkins Health System.
At Johns Hopkins Bayview, Selwyn oversees programs to educate and support our neighbors; lead the Medical Center’s Community Advisory Board; lead our community health needs assessment and action planning; and participate as a member of our Executive Council. Within the larger Academic Division, he helps develop and strengthen inter-campus and inter-departmental programs to improve the health of our neighbors and neighborhoods.
Selwyn holds a juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law and has pursued studies at St. Mary’s Seminary, Ecumenical Institute of Theology. Before joining Johns Hopkins, he served as executive director and senior vice president of community engagement for the Maryland Mentoring Resource Center. He also was the interim president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake from 2012 to 2013.
Pat CarrollCommunity Relations Manager Community relations manager Pat Carroll oversees programs that educate the community (youth and seniors), as well as hospital employees, about health and wellness. With a Johns Hopkins Bayview career spanning over 40 years, Pat was first employed as a clerk for the administrative offices. Through the years, she has advanced in the offices of administration, community relations and nursing administration.
April MeiseCommunity Relations Coordinator
April Meise has been part of the community relations team for over 15 years. She teaches Food Re-education for Elementary School Health (FRESH) to elementary students, offers blood pressure screenings at senior centers, and represents the hospital at health fairs and community events.
April holds an undergraduate degree in psychology. Prior to serving Johns Hopkins Bayview, she worked at St. Vincent’s Center, a residential treatment center for abused and neglected children.
Elaine WelkieCommunity Relations Coordinator
Elaine Welkie, community relations coordinator, represents the hospital in the community and provides blood pressure screenings to a number of senior organizations in our service area. She serves on the hospital’s Cancer Committee and assists with several other hospital activities.
Elaine owns a small business and is a leader in her community, as well. She is a graduate of University of Maryland and holds a bachelor's degree in jurisprudence.
Roberta EyringExecutive Secretary
Roberta Eyring serves as executive secretary for the Community Relations Department. She provides administrative support to the department, including interacting with all levels of executive and support staff and with community leaders. She is involved in a variety of hospital activities, including the American Red Cross Blood drives and assisting the director with outreach projects. Roberta brings over 20 years of experience in the executive administrative field to the team.
Roberta is a graduate of Consolidated School of Business in York, PA, and holds an associate's degree in specialized business.
Sudanah Gray joined Government and Community Affairs in 2016 as a Budget Analyst working closely with the Financial Manager. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Sudanah spent 17 years as a Revenue Analyst and Supervisor of Accounts Receivables at Discovery Communications Inc. Sudanah supports both Strategic Initiatives and Community Benefits, and Bayview Community Relations.
Sudanah graduated from Howard University with a bachelor’s of arts degree in business administration and a bachelor’s of science in communications.