Preparing for the Next Public Health Threat at #MACoCon

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. COVID-19 is a once in a lifetime event – we hope. But in an increasingly connected, global world, the threat of another pandemic or other public health crisis is very real. It is important that county governments not let…

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CareFirst To Present Solutions Showcase: Lifting Communities Out of a Pandemic, Lessons Learned at #MACoCon

Join us to hear from CareFirst about what your county can do to improve readiness for future pandemic threats. In its 79th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In…

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Harford County Organizations Receive Grants to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Early on Wednesday, Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford announced that the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) will be distributing $5.5 million dollars to opioid and substance abuse projects throughout the state. Three Harford County institutions, Harford County Government, the UMUCH/Klein Family Harford Crisis Center, and Addictions Connections Resource, Inc., are receiving over $400,000 combined to fund their anti-opioid programs. According to their project summary, the Klein Family Harford Crisis Center in Bel Air…

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AG Frosh: Opioid Settlement Could Bring $485 Million to MD

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh this week announced a historic $26 billion settlement proposal in connection with a multi-state investigation of the three largest opioids distributors in the United States - Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen - and Johnson & Johnson, an opioids manufacturer. The proposal could bring as much as $485 million to Maryland -- and its local governments -- to help address the devastating opioid epidemic. It will require significant reform of industry…

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Harford Promotes Inclusive Halloween With ‘Wheelchair Costume Workshops’

Dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating is a fun tradition in many families, but it can be challenging for some children who use a wheelchair. To make these kids’ dreams come true, Harford County is asking for volunteers and sponsors to build costumes for an inclusive Halloween event this October at Mt. Zion Church in Bel Air. At the event, sponsored by Harford County in partnership with Mt. Zion Church and the Harford Center, kids…

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Feds Announce Grant to Support Environmental Health in Underserved Schools

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new round of grants to states, local governments, nonprofits, and others to support children’s environmental health in schools and childcare settings in underserved communities. The Childrens’ Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities Grant supports projects that advance children’s environmental well-being through education, training, tools, and capacity building. According to a press release: EPA anticipates awarding ten grants of $200,000 each for up to a two-year…

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Senior Planet Montgomery Announces New Technology Classes for Seniors

Montgomery County has announced that Senior Planet Montgomery is expanding its class offerings for adults aged 50+ to include social media and digital storytelling. Local classes are offered through a partnership between the County's Department of Technology Services' ultraMontgomery program, the County’s Department of Recreation, Montgomery County Public Libraries, and the nonprofit OATS (Older Adults Technology Services), an affiliate of AARP. The Senior Planet website articulates the purpose of the organization: Senior Planet from AARP harnesses technology…

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Aetna Provides COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: Find Vaccines, Locate Testing Sites, and Assess Risk

Aetna provides COVID-19 vaccine resources to help the public find vaccines, locate testing sites, and assess symptoms and risk. Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46.7 million people with information and resources to help them make better-informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life…

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Harford County Hosts ICanBike Camp for Individuals of Differing Abilities 

Individuals with differing abilities gained confidence, independence, and athletic skill during Harford County's fourth ICanBike Camp last week. Harford County Hosted Bike Camp Last Week for Individuals with Special Needs Last Friday saw the successful conclusion of Harford County's ICanBike Camp for individuals with differing abilities, age eight and over. The camp was offered through the Office of Disability Services and the Department of Parks and Recreation under the administration of County Executive Barry Glassman.…

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Health Equity – What’s at Stake for Your County

COVID-19 shined a bright light on the existing inequities within our healthcare system and how social determinants of health impact communities of color and marginalized people. Making progress toward greater health equity is not the task of the public health system alone. It will require the investment and active work of all corners of local government. Recent research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute highlights the importance of community engagement and a…

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