Garrett Receives Funding to Combat Youth Substance Abuse

The Garrett County Health Department receives its second year of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Local Drug Crisis Grant funding. Initially awarded in 2021 with the help of Congressman David Trone, Garrett is the recipient of a five-year CARA grant worth $50,000 per year. The grant has supported the county's Drug-Free Communities Coalition program, charged with reducing and preventing substance abuse by promoting youth substance abuse prevention strategies. The program includes members of the county's…

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Baltimore City Boosts Fight Against Food Insecurity by $26 Million

Baltimore City is boosting its fight against food insecurity driven by the COVID-19 pandemic with an additional $11 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, bringing the City's total ARPA commitment to $26 million. During the pandemic, food insecurity rates across the City increased from 18% to 21.7%, with 33% of children being food insecure. Similarly, SNAP participation skyrocketed, rising from 25% of Baltimore City residents to over 33% (approximately 200,000 people). Baltimore City Mayor…

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Anne Arundel Wins Two 2022 NACo Achievement Awards

Anne Arundel County has won two 2022 NACo Achievement Awards in County Resiliency and Health categories. The National Association of Counties (NACo) is pleased to announce the winners for the 2022 Achievement Awards. All winners are available in our searchable awards database, where winning programs are searchable by year, category and state dating back to 2009. County Resiliency: Anne Arundel County’s Bureau of Watershed Protection & Restoration (BWPR) implemented its Full Delivery of Water Quality Improvements…

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Maryland Children Ages 5 to 11 Now Eligible for Boosters

Today, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) updated its guidance on vaccine eligibility to include COVID-19 boosters for children ages 5 to 11. The revised guidance states eligible children may only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine under an expanded Emergency Use Authorization announced earlier this week by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An eligible child should receive their booster at least five months after receiving their…

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Congressman Trone Secures $33 Million for Sixth District Community Projects

Congressman David Trone has helped secure $32,704,877 in funding for projects across Maryland's sixth congressional district, creating new jobs, delivering much-needed resources to Sixth District communities, and restoring neglected infrastructure. The Congressman requested and received funding for 15 projects in the 2023 fiscal year. He described the process for identifying project recipients across the sixth district, encompassing the westernmost portion of the state, in a press release: “As a businessman, I know how vital it is to…

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COVID Roundup: Maryland’s Counties Remain Committed to Protecting Residents as Cases Rise

Across the state, the Maryland Department of Health's COVID-19 Data Dashboard details a noticeable uptick in COVID-19 cases, with a 7-day positivity rate of 8.12% and 2,770 new cases reported within the last 24 hours as of the morning of May 19th. Maryland's counties have remained active in combatting any potential surges. Some specific actions taken by our counties include the following: Anne Arundel has requested residents wear masks indoors, get boosted, and receive testing…

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Amidst National Shortage, MD Dept. of Health Releases Baby Formula Guidance

On May 16th, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) released guidance for Maryland families seeking baby formula amidst a nationwide shortage. The shortage stems from a February recall of popular baby formula products produced by Abbott Nutrition, including Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. In recent days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken aggressive action to address the shortage, including an effort to boost baby formula imports and entering into a consent decree with Abbott Nutrition…

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NACo Webinar: The Opioid Crisis – Latest Medical Innovations

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar, “The Opioid Crisis: Using the Latest Medical Innovations to Help Counties Respond to a Complex and Evolving Public Health Emergency,” on May 23, 2–3 PM EST. County leaders are working diligently to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, preventing overdose deaths and supporting those in recovery. The opioid misuse and use disorder affects millions of families across the United States and has…

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Howard Launches Transformative $1.3 Million Program Tackling Maternal Health Disparities

Howard County has launched a $1.3 million maternal health program to ensure that vital prenatal and postpartum care is available and affordable for uninsured and underinsured women. The program will expand care to approximately 300 women annually. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball discussed the need to address health disparities among the county's mothers in a press release: Howard County is one of the healthiest communities in our nation, but we still have challenges to address. Hispanic mothers in…

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