• Chanel Barnes-Osula

    Assistant Program Manager

    “Without adequate health, quality of life is impacted. Without access to suitable resources to achieve adequate health, quality of life is cumulatively obstructed. To break the perpetual cycle of aggregate disadvantage and disparity within communities, it is imperative to address the underlying issues fueling health inequities, thereby targeting the social determinants of health.”
As an Assistant Program Manager with CommonHealth ACTION (CHA), Chanel Barnes-Osula provides technical support in various areas of CHA’s programmatic activities including researching public health and policy matters, identifying best practices for mental health services, assistance in training community-based entities, local governments, and coalition partners; development of educational literature highlighting local public health issues; and other infrastructure and organizational development tasks including grant writing and proposal development.

A trained researcher, Ms. Barnes-Osula has over seven years of combined experience in public health and scientific research in community, federal, and non-profit organizational settings. Throughout her career she has successfully developed partnerships with researchers and health professionals in local, regional, and international settings, to inform public policy and improve health outcomes. 

Prior to joining CHA, Ms. Barnes-Osula spent several years serving as a Research Specialist with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore, MD. There, she completed numerous projects that explained the neuropharmacological mechanisms of drugs of abuse through data collection, analysis, and writing. In addition, Ms. Barnes-Osula has assisted community-based entities in sustaining organizational capacity through grant writing and research. While attending graduate school, she provided grant writing and research services to Power Inside, an organization that provides culturally-appropriate services to victimized women in Baltimore, MD. Furthermore, Ms. Barnes-Osula has co-authored over a dozen publications in peer-reviewed journals. She also studied in Ecuador with Child Family Health International and served as a volunteer with Adelante Familia, a bilingual food and health-service organization in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Barnes-Osula has also served as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and was a docent at the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore. 

Ms. Barnes-Osula earned her Masters of Health Sciences in Mental Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a Masters of Arts in Psychology from the Catholic University of America, and a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Morgan State University.