The Power and Perils of Public Health

At the MACo Winter Conference session “The Power and Perils of Public Health” learn about the health and human services related issues state and local health officials are grappling with. Panelists will highlight challenges and tout successes.

Attendees will also hear from community based organizations focused on special populations such as at risk youth and veterans, and learn about the broader scopeof work being done to coordinate care and improve the overall wellbeing of our communities.

The Power and Perils of Public Health

Description: Public health has the power to prevent disease, prolong life, and promote the wellbeing of all residents. Public health officials serve on the frontline of protecting communities against the perils of epidemic threats, infectious diseases, addiction, mental illness, poverty, and violence. These officials use data-driven research to spread awareness and to inform their efforts to stem the physical, mental, and social challenges facing members of their communities. Learn more about how local, state, and community-based public health officials deliver a network of high quality services to help everyone from newborn babies to senior citizens live, work, learn, and play in healthy and safe communities.


  • Howard Haft, Deputy Secretary of Public Health, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Gregory Branch, Wm, MD, MBA, CPE, FACP, MACHO President, Baltimore County Health Officer
  • Liz Park, PhD, Chair Maryland Association of Youth Service Bureaus, Director Greenbelt CARES Youth and Family Services Bureau
  • JB Moore, member, NAMI Maryland’s Board of Directors, former NAMI Military and Veterans Policy and Support Manager

Moderator: The Honorable Thomas M. Middleton, Maryland State Senate

Date and Time: Thursday, December 8, 2016; 9:00 am – 10:15 am

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 7-9, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge, Maryland. This year’s conference theme is “An Ounce of Prevention”.

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