Women of MACo Lunch with Speaker Adrienne Jones

It was a packed room for the Women of MACo Luncheon, with dozens in attendance excited to hear from House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne A. Jones of Baltimore County. Women of MACo President and Frederick County Council President M.C. Keegan-Ayer welcomed everyone to the room and did something special. She took time to let everyone in the room introduce themselves and explain who they were. After all introductions were completed, Council Member Keegan-Ayer introduced Speaker…

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How Maryland is Coming Together to Help Our Veterans

In a well-attended session at #MACoCon, moderated by the Honorable Senator Doug Peters, panelists covered county- and state-level efforts to stand up for veterans, reviewed best practices, and introduced the Veterans Services Specialist (VSS) Program in state government. During the panel, goals of the Office of Veterans Affairs were explained to attendees, which include: -Retain Veterans: Create a connection between veterans and employers to ensure each person has an opportunity to train and work in…

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Assistance for Candidates of Foster Care through Family First

Due to the passage of the Family First Preservation Services Act (FFPSA), children identified as a candidate for foster care now are assisted by engaging families in substance abuse and mental health treatment. Another large change discussed by the panelists is the creation of a federal funding mechanism to help prevent the need for a child to enter the foster care system. The panelists included Martha Okafor, the Regional Director, Region 3, Health and Human…

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Tips on How to Recognize and Avoiding an Opioid Overdose

Dr. Gregory Branch, MD, MBA, CPE, FACP, Health Officer/Director, Baltimore County, led an intimate, hands-on approach on to how to save a life with Naloxone (NARCAN). Dr. Branch started the “Stayin’ Alive” Session by breaking down exactly what an opioid is, how to prevent an overdose, how to recognize an overdose, and how to respond to an overdose. Critical Tips for Preventing Opioid Overdoses: Keep all medicine in a safe place, such as a locked…

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Do You Follow These Tips When Conducting Meetings?

On the opening day of #MACoCon, Frederick County Council Member Jessica Fitzwater welcomed the audience to “Academy Core: Conducting Effective Meetings”. Council Member Fitzwater then introduced speaker Jack “Jay” Gallo. In his early twenties, Gallo stepped into the role of Mayor of New Windsor where he held the role for eight years. He is the past President of Maryland Municipal League, a certified parliamentarian, and the current Attorney for Taneytown, Rising Sun, Barnesville, and Poolesville.…

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