Baltimore City Invests ARPA Funds into Trauma Informed Care

Baltimore City will put $1.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds toward trauma informed care programming. According to WYPR, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement will use $900,000 toward the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, which requires trauma informed care training for City officials and establishes the Baltimore City Trauma Informed Care Task Force. Trauma informed care is defined as, "a healthcare methodology that attempts to heal trauma and provide culturally-competent service." Another…

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The New Normal: #MACoCon Grapples with Post-Pandemic Workplace Changes

At the 2021 Winter MACo Conference, county leaders discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has likely changed workplace culture and functions for good. At the 2021 MACo Winter Conference session, "Navigating a New World: Counties and the Post-Pandemic Workplace," attendees heard from an expert panel on the shifting -- and likely lasting -- changes in labor and the workplace following the pandemic. As public employers, counties have met the challenges of a COVID-19 workforce head-on. With employees returning to…

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Harford Covers First Responders’ Student Debt

Last week, Harford County assisted sixty-six first responders with their student debt, providing as much as $5,000 under Harford’s NEXT GEN Responder Program for volunteer fire company members, which extends to emergency medical services (EMS) workers. Like many counties throughout the state, Harford's fire service consists entirely of volunteers, although its EMS staff are both full-time and volunteer. Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, the founder of NEXT GEN, expressed his continuing support for the student debt…

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Winter #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” on Dec 8-10, 2021, will bring together more than 600 leaders in the private and public sectors to discuss how to prepare for the changes on the horizon in Maryland.  View the Registration Brochure to see the full schedule, along with session titles and descriptions. Topics to be discussed include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Cannabis Broadband Social Media 2022 General Assembly Opioids Post-Pandemic Workplace Highway User Revenue…

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Prince George’s County Holds Resource Fair for Returning Residents

On Wednesday, October 13th, the Prince George's County Bridge Center at Adam’s House hosted a resource fair for County residents, focusing on formerly incarcerated citizens, returning military veterans, and transitional-aged youth. More than 50 public, private, nonprofit, and community-based organizations provided critical connections to support services and resources at the fair. Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks discussed the importance of the event in a press release: “We are so Prince George’s Proud of the Bridge Center…

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Hogan Addresses Nursing Shortage

Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced several measures to increase nursing personnel throughout the state. In recent days, numerous outlets, including WBAL and WJZ, have reported urgent nursing shortages across Maryland.   WBAL noted, "According to the Maryland Nurses Association, before COVID-19, 17% of nurses surveyed considered leaving the profession. Today, that number is 33%." WJZ cites several factors in addition to COVID-19 resulting in the shortage, including burnout, retirement, and nursing program graduation deficits; adding, "Maryland will…

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State Opens Its Grant Application Process for Americorps

Today, the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) announced its application process for Americorps' 2022-2023 service year. Americorps members provide a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to help meet local community needs including serving "as teachers, environmentalists, mediators, or community leaders through local organizations." Qualifying organizations include nonprofits, faith-based organizations, state or local government agencies, and institutions of higher education. Upon completion of a service year, members will receive "assistance with post-secondary education or student…

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WEBINAR: Return to Work Amidst COVID-19

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar next Wednesday, September 29, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST on returning to work amidst the pandemic. Presented by NACo's Workforce Network, this webinar will discuss the challenges of having employees return to work and the responsibilities of county human resources professionals and administrators in the current environment. Discussion will include: Should employers mandating employee vaccinations pay for vaccines?If employers are requiring or encouraging employees…

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County Leaders Discuss the Importance of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion as Employers and Service Providers

Diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) are increasingly important concepts. County policymakers dove into the concept and how to better incorporate DEI into county practices as employers and service providers. At the 2021 MACo Summer Conference session, "The Why Behind DEI: The Power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace," attendees discussed the importance of policy informed by diverse voices and experiences and shared best practices for incorporating them into county decision making. The session was…

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The Future of Maryland’s Workforce: Apprenticeship Programs for Public Workers

The MACo Summer Conference featured a session discussing challenges facing Maryland’s public trades workforce and how Counties can turn those challenges into rewarding opportunities. This session was moderated by Jack Wilson, Commissioner for Queen Anne’s County.   It is no secret that the labor force in the United States is shifting. More individuals are attaining higher education, and each generation is becoming more educated then the last. This shift in the labor force is posing…

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