African American Health Community Day Set for May 22

During Black Wellness Health Week, The African American Health Program (AAHP) and its partner organization are hosting a virtual Community Day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“Attendees will learn about the African American Health Program and what we do to improve the health of the Black community in Montgomery County,” said Jacque Williams, AAHP executive committee co-chair. During the eighth annual program, “We hope to impact hundreds of lives and arm them with the knowledge they need to live healthier lifestyles.”

The program includes a cooking demonstration, self-care tips, information on container gardening, a “June Bug” dance challenge and other events. Also featured will be an interactive panel of medical experts.

The day is a collaborative effort organized by the AAHP and its partners: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Sigma Omega chapter and Theta Omega Omega chapter; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Iota Upsilon Lambda chapter; the Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County;  the County’s Caribbean American Advisory Group; GirlTrek; the Montgomery County branch of the NAACP; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Montgomery County alumnae chapter; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Mu Nu Chapter; Rotary Club of downtown Silver Spring; Patuxent River chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Montgomery County chapter, the Victim’s Rights Foundation, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Eta Pi Beta chapter; and Venice Mundle-Harvey, owner/agent, Allstate.

Registration is required. There is no fee. For information, go to blackwellness4us.org or call 240-777-1833.

The AAHP is part of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and was started in 1999 to address health care disparities that disproportionally affect African Americans and people of African descent in Montgomery County.

It focuses on six major health areas: maternal and infant health; HIV/AIDS; diabetes; oral health; cardiovascular disease; and cancer. Aging, faith-based and mental health services are cross-cutting components. Services provided include outreach, health education, support groups, referrals and nurse case management.

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Suzanne is a freelance reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She has over 35 years professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, non-profit newsletters and the web.

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