Hosanna Asfaw-Means

Grants Program Manager, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

    Hosanna Asfaw-Means is the Grants Program Manager at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst).  She is a seasoned public health professional with more than 10 years’ of experience working in the public health arena.

    At CareFirst, Asfaw-Means is responsible for managing more than 100 active grants and coordinates the review and recommendations for funding for all grant applications. Prior to joining CareFirst, she managed the Lead Prevention Program with the Baltimore City Health Department, a home-visiting program geared to prevent lead poisoning to Baltimore City residents. She was responsible for directing a quality improvement team which addressed quality of services provided and improved internal processes. In addition, Asfaw-Means worked at the American Legacy Foundation (Legacy) where she served as a research fellow and senior program manager.  Over the course of her tenure with Legacy she provided technical assistance and training for a number of Legacy grantees, as well as took the lead role in launching community outreach efforts for a smoking cessation pilot program in Baltimore, MD and San Antonio, TX.

    Asfaw-Means received her public health master’s degree in health promotion / disease prevention from The George Washington University, and her undergraduate degree in organizational studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Asfaw-Means is a Board Member of the Baltimore City Head Start Board, and Co-Chair for the Health Funders Affinity Group with the Association of Baltimore Area Grant Makers.